Chance to have say on moves to tackle park yobs

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A COMMUNITY meeting is being held by police to keep residents in the picture about moves to tackle troublemakers blighting a park.

Officers from Killingworth neighbourhood policing team are people to go along to the Lockey Park sports pavilion in Wideopen on Tuesday from 7pm.

North Tyneside mayor Linda Arkley will chair the meeting, and Acting Inspector Pip Hails and Chief Inspector Mark Anastasi will be present to answer questions.

This latest meeting follows one held in May in response to concerns raised by residents about incidents of anti-social behaviour by youths in the park.

Police have carried out extra patrols in the park over the summer and have been reminding young people about how their behaviour can impact on others.

Youngsters have also been encouraged to take part in the activities organised by North Tyneside Council’s sports development staff.

Acting Insp Hails said: “We will be providing an update at the meeting about our partnership work in the park.

“Officers are conducting patrols to make sure any anti-social behaviour is targeted and to reassure the community by maintaining a regular uniform presence.

“We want to make sure our parks are places people want to spend their time in because they can relax and enjoy themselves.

“This work has been reinforced recently as part of the Northumbria Police initiative ‘Respect: It’s a two-way street’, which has been running during August.

“It aims to promote tolerance and consideration in our communities and highlight what police are doing to tackle anti-social behaviour.”

Mrs Arkley said: “People told us they had concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area.

“We listened and are working with partners to improve the situation.

“It’s important residents continue to give us their views, and I would encourage as many as possible to attend the next public meeting.”

Anyone with any concerns about anti-social behaviour in their area is asked to raise it with their local neighbourhood policing team on 03456 043043 ext 69191.