Operation to tackle disorder

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A summer initiative to keep young people safe is back under way.

Officers from North Shields and Whitley Bay neighbourhood teams are taking part in Operation Childsafe.

Police will carry out patrols of parks and areas commonly frequented by groups of young people and teenagers.

Anyone under 18 caught drinking alcohol will have it seized and be taken home.

Officers can also issue dispersal notices which ban people from the area for up to 48 hours, facing arrest if they return.

Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Armsworth said: “I want the children in North Shields and Whitley Bay to have a fun-filled summer, but in a way that does not place them under undue risk and which doesn’t have a negative impact upon the rest of the community.

“Officers are carrying out these patrols to keep our children safe and to make sure anti-social behaviour is targeted. I want the community to be reassured by a dedicated and regular uniform response to this. We want to make sure our parks are places people can enjoy spending time in.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “Activity such as this demonstrates our officers are taking action to tackle the small minority involved in causing anti-social behaviour in order to reduce the impact it has on the neighbourhood.”

“They will also ensure vulnerable children and young people are kept safe from harm.”

Anyone with concerns about safeguarding, youth disorder or anti-social behaviour where they live should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.