POLICE are stepping up patrols following complaints that motorists are using an area in Belsay to meet for sexual activity.
Numerous reports have been made over the last few months about people parking at a site, close to the A696, in Nunhill, and engaging in inappropriate behaviour.
Although no arrests have been made, police have monitored the area and have moved a number of motorists on that have been found loitering there.
Officers plan to carry out regular high-profile patrols near to the A696 and stop and speak to all motorists found hanging around the area.
East Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Oates said: “Local residents near to the area where the cars park up have made a number of complaints to us about what’s going on in the area and we are responding with this action.
“Officers will be visiting the area regularly and carrying out checks on who is using the area and for what purpose.
“The details of all those found acting suspiciously in the area will be taken by police. Anyone who is found to be committing any offences will have action taken against them and we’ll use powers to move anyone found causing disorder in the area on.
“I’d ask that members of the public report any suspicious behaviour – like cars parked in the area, especially when it’s dark – and we’ll investigate and take action”.
To report any suspicious behaviour in the area to police ring 03456 043043 ext 69191.