Campaign launched to tackle anti social behaviour

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A NEW campaign to tackle anti social behaviour has been launched by police.

The phased initiative will begin over the summer months urging people to think about how their actions affect others, as well as explaining what ASB is and how to report it.

The campaign will highlight the positive work being carried out by police and partners to make a difference in local communities.

Sue Sim, chief constable of Northumbria Police, said: “We know that anti-social behaviour is an issue which, if not properly tackled, can cause distress. This is why we are taking it seriously, working closely with local authorities and other partners to deal with it effectively.

“Officers will be out on patrol and will be speaking to people about the effect their behaviour can have on others in their community. We will also continue to take action where necessary.”

The campaign focuses on promoting understanding of anti-social behaviour by all parts of the community.

As part of the campaign, police and partners are promoting the activities available to young people over the school holidays.

Another example is a North Tyneside operation to tackle street drinking. Work will also be carried out with retailers to stop sales of alcohol to young people under 18s. Operation Child Safe will also be used to seek out vulnerable youngsters who are taken home if they are found under the influence of alcohol or committing anti-social behaviour.

Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Benson said: “We will be supporting the forcewide campaign by using Operation Child Safe which in the past has proven to nip problems of anti-social behaviour in the bud and reduce the number of calls to police from the public about youth disorder.

“We know that youth disorder is frequently fuelled by alcohol which is why we take action to remove drink, target those who supply alcohol to children and work with parents to make them aware of the dangers.”