Operation Juggernaut hits Bensham
Dated: 05 Jul 2012
Police in Gateshead are driving home Operation Juggernaut - to tackle alcohol related disorder.
The initiative is responding to concerns raised by residents in Bensham and Shipcote about disorder. Local people have told officers about groups of young men drinking in the street and house parties going on into the early hours that are causing a disturbance in the community.
Inspector Michael Robson, of Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "This is an issue we're determined to tackle as we know it affects the quality of life for our residents. We're working with Gateshead Council to do all we can to help people experiencing problems around alcohol related disorder.
"Officers are visiting local off-licences to make sure staff are asking for proof of age from younger looking customers, to prevent under 18s from getting hold of alcohol.
"We are speaking to people who have caused disorder in the past, to advise them against repeating this behaviour. Officers will be carrying out extra patrols in these key areas and will take necessary action to prevent further incidents."
Police are contacting landlords and asking for their help in making sure their tenants are not responsible for disorder. Officers will be looking at tenancy enforcement to tackle nuisance neighbours who regularly cause problems in the area.
Officers are using powers under the Designated Public Place Order, to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour in open places including local parks and rear lanes. The order makes it an offence for people to refuse to dispose of alcohol at the request of a police officer.
Insp Robson added: "We're making this operation a priority for neighbourhood officers as residents have told us this behaviour makes them feel uneasy in their neighbourhoods. We are determined to hit Bensham hard with 'Juggernaut' to stamp this behaviour out.
"We would encourage residents to stop us as we patrol and ask us how we're getting on. We're only too happy to talk and keep people updated."
You can also contact the Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 Extension 69191.