Arrests after vandalism and verbal abuse incident
Police in Ponteland have made arrests, issued dispersal notices and stepped up patrols as part of efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour across the area.
This follows several calls from residents in Ponteland Village and Darras Hall about young people causing criminal damage.
Two teenage boys have been arrested by officers – one on suspicion of causing damage and the other for public order offences.
This follows an incident on Saturday when the Post Office window on Merton Way was smashed and youths verbally abused other people in the area.
Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges said: ”We’re aware of the effect of anti-social behaviour on communities and we’re working to address these issues with the local authority, local schools, fire service, youth service, and the county council.
“Police patrols are continuing in the Ponteland area to engage with and reassure local residents, as this type of criminal and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”
“We want to advise parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing. We believe that some parents are dropping off young people in the Ponteland area, which is contributing to the problems.
“When young people engage in this type of risk-taking behaviour they make themselves vulnerable to crime and as a result, they may become victims or offenders.”
Officers will continue to issue dispersal notices to young people where necessary to try to prevent further incidents occurring.
Anyone with concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour where they live should call their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.