A POLICE operation is continuing to clampdown on anti-social behaviour in a seaside village.
Operation Dredge has been dealing with disorder and troublemakers in Cullercoats.
Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team say its annual initiative has made big inroads to clean up problem behaviour on the beach and in nearby residential areas.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Dave Foy said: “We know that preventing rowdy behaviour is a priority for local people and we are carrying out extra patrols in the area during the busier periods to minimise problems for residents.
“We see a big increase in visitors to this area during the summer months, and the behaviour of some of these people does cause issues for local people.
“This is why our officers are in the area to nip any problems in the bud.”
Since April incidents of anti-social behaviour have reduced by 31 per cent compared to the same period last year – 79 fewer calls to police.
Officers have also issued 17 direction to leave notices, which ban people causing anti-social behaviour from the area for up to 48 hours.
And police have also been working with partners, including RNLI lifeguards who patrol the beaches, to tackle problems of disorder.
Sgt Foy added: “We’ve had a positive reaction to this initiative from local people who are pleased to see the additional uniform patrols.
“We will run them throughout the key summer period.
“We will also continue to tackle under-age drinking, as we know alcohol frequently fuels youth disorder and officers are targeting stores who sell alcohol to children.”
Anyone with concerns about crime or disorder should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 03456 043043 ext 69191.