Police and partners in North Tyneside are joining forces to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Operation Blackberry got under way on Friday and sees police and police community support officers working alongside two safer estates officers and two youth workers to tackle problems across the borough.
The partnership team are patrolling specific locations for five consecutive weeks on a Friday, between 6pm and midnight, to identify and deal with those involved in anti-social behaviour while offering diversionary activities to stop any further disorder.
Killingworth Neighbourhood Sergeant Martin Brooks said: “I would like to reassure communities that we do see this as one of our main priorities as we know the effects anti-social behaviour has on people’s quality of life and fear of crime.
“The team will focus on various areas across the borough where we’ve had reports of ASB and youth disorder.”
Safer estates manager Colin Boxshall added: “The vast majority of young people in North Tyneside are fantastic and a real asset to the borough, and that’s why we’re working with our youth workers and the police to not allow a minority to spoil it.”
“We’re taking a two-pronged approach; the youth workers will provide information on diversionary activities and we will work with the police to educate the young people on the consequences of alcohol misuse and anti-social behaviour.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy peace and quiet in their neighbourhoods and we take swift and appropriate action to deal with any reports of anti-social behaviour.”