Anti-social behaviour plummets in Pegswood
Dated: 17 May 2012
Police in Pegswood have helped cut anti-social behaviour incidents by over 70%.
Since April 16, incidents of anti-social behaviour have dropped by 72% compared to the month before.
Neighbourhood officers have been carrying out various initiatives after residents complained about disorder caused by youths playing football, on scooters, and gathering in small groups in various locations in a recent Police Authority and community meeting.
In response to the issues raised, Morpeth neighbourhood officers have provided high profile patrols to offer reassurance to residents in the area.
Those who attended the meeting, and regular callers to police in relation to disorder, have been visited personally by a neighbourhood officer.
The mobile police station has been deployed on seven different occasions in the area and youths have been advised about playing in the road, around cars and road safety both by officers in the street and at school visits.
The affects of anti-social behaviour were also discussed at a recent visit to Pegswood Primary School while bike ability and scooter workshops will be taking place at the school.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: "Officers have proactively dealt with groups of youths to prevent incidents of disorder and confronted anyone acting in an anti-social manner.
"As a result, over the past month, there has been no crime of this nature in Pegswood and anti-social behaviour has reduced from 29 incidents to eight. This is a drop of 72% compared to the previous month.
"We thank residents for raising issues with us and ask that they continue to contact their Local Neighbourhood Policing Team so that positive action can be taken."
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191.