Disorder crackdown not just any old iron

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A CRACKDOWN on crime and anti-social behaviour in Tynemouth over the summer has been hailed a success by police and council chiefs.

Police officers in North Tyneside launched the initiative, named Operation Iron, to coincide with the village’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival.

Extra patrols were put on to make sure the annual event passed off without incident and any issues of anti-social behaviour were dealt with before they got out of hand.

High-visibility patrols were carried out along the beach to tackle anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking.

The police also worked alongside North Tyneside Council officers to stop check taxis in Tynemouth and North Shields to ensure drivers had the correct documentation and were adhering to their licence conditions.

Pubs in Tynemouth and North Shields were checked by police and trading standards officials, and direction-to-leave notices were issued to troublemakers.

As part of the operation, an address in Percy Street, Tynemouth, was raided and drugs and cash were seized. One arrest was made, resulting in charges for drug possession and money-laundering being brought.

Sergeant Adrian Smiles, of North Shields neighbourhood policing team, said: “It has been a good summer, with lots of visitors to Tynemouth enjoying the beaches and Metro station market among other attractions.

“With this in mind, we wanted to make sure everyone had an enjoyable, safe and secure visit.

“Residents and visitors in Tynemouth can be assured that we will always work closely with our partners to achieve positive results like those produced by Operation Iron.

“Working closely with the pubs in Front Street and enforcing the pubwatch scheme has ensured there was the right spirit among those enjoying the night-time economy at weekends.”

Borough mayor Linda Arkley added: “We know that our award-winning coastline is why most people come to North Tyneside.

“It’s a key reason why we’re making a number of physical improvements to the area through our coastal regeneration strategy.

“But it’s just as important that residents and visitors feel that the area is a safe place to be, which is why I’m pleased that this initiative involving the police and the council has been a success.”