Drinking den demolished
Dated: 17 Oct 2012[View Full Size]
Police and council staff have demolished an underage drinking den built near a mainline railway.
Officers from Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team discovered the substantial homemade den at the back of allotments on Wiltshire Drive in Wallsend.
Police were making checks in the area after reports that stones had been thrown at trains on the nearby East Coast Railway. The incident in September is being investigated by British Transport Police. While out on patrol police found the den and referred the eyesore to North Tyneside Council who arranged for Waggonway Wardens to quickly dismantle it.
PC Neil Cowen, neighbourhood beat manger for the area, said: "There was clear evidence that this den was being used to drink alcohol and smoke drugs. It was important to remove it to prevent it being used again.
"The den was inside the fenced area of the East Coast mainline which meant that people using the den would have been trespassing. Potentially by being there they also put themselves at risk, and if caught trespassing, could be fined."