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News Release

Police tackle anti-social behaviour in Lynemouth

Dated: 13 Feb 2012

Police car at night

Officers in Lynemouth have been cracking down on anti-social behaviour in the area.

Over the last couple of months there has been a number of reports of youths throwing objects at motorists, youngsters running out into the road in front of cars and nuisance 999 calls being made from a phone box in the area.

Police responded to this by carrying out extra patrols in the area at the times when problems were being reported.

They targeted those who they believed were responsible for the disorder and they visited local schools to discuss the issue.

Enquiries led to 20 young people being identified as responsible for the disorder and they were spoken to in front of their parents.

Three of the youths were given Acceptable Behaviour Agreements in order to monitor their behaviour.

One youth was dealt with by community resolution after he admitted throwing an empty container at a moving vehicle.

Officers have also been running Operation Street Safe in the area in the evenings at weekends.

The operation involves officers carrying out patrols in the area looking for underage drinkers and children causing anti-social behaviour.
A number of youths were spoken to and alcohol seized by officers.

PC Dave Weston, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for the Lynemouth area, said: "Residents in Lynemouth were growing concerned about youths drinking in the streets and causing disorder, especially on the roads in the area.

"We received reports of kids running onto the road in front of cars and chucking litter and other items at drivers. Our worry was that they could have caused an accident or been hurt themselves and so we took action.

"Extra patrols were carried out in the problem areas, we talked with residents and found out who was responsible and then we spoke to them. We explained the problems and what harm they were doing to the community. We also took further action if it was needed.

"The action seems to have worked well with a noted drop in the number of reports of disorder in the area. We plan to keep up the patrols and ensure that the area remains a safe place to live."