Action taken to tackle anti-social issues

An action plan has been developed to help tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay.

Residents who raised concerns about crime and disorder in the town have been updated on actions already being implemented to address their concerns.

At the second meeting of the Whitley Bay Community Task Force, established by Mayor Norma Redfearn to bring residents together to share their concerns and develop solutions, representatives of Northumbria Police, North Tyneside Council and Nexus provided information on actions already delivered.

Mrs Redfearn said: “At the first meeting of the task force ... we heard a very strong message from residents that they wanted us to focus on their priorities for the future of Whitley Bay and local people – targeting the places associated with a rise in crime and anti-social behaviour, tackling disorder around the Metro; and making sure we support the right businesses for Whitley Bay.

“And we all agreed that our shared priority is to make Whitley Bay a great place for residents, businesses and visitors.

“The plan we have shared with residents has updated them on what we have already delivered, but also what we plan to continue to do by working together.”

Retail premises have been targeted and this resulted in one arrest and 13 different branded ‘new psychoactive substances’ seized for tests and a suspension notice served on the business.

The crackdown also resulted in arrest warrants being executed in Whitley Bay, a quantity of stolen goods recovered, a large quantity of cash and suspected controlled drugs seized.

Northumbria Police will build on the Cumulative Impact Policy – put in place by North Tyneside Council to create a presumption of new licenses being refused in Whitley Bay – with high profile visits to enforce licence conditions; and body cameras will be used by Police to ensure evidence is gathered to support prosecutions.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, from North Tyneside Area Command, said: “We have taken effective action to deal with the issues people have raised with us and we will continue to do so.

“These community meetings are an important part of finding out the views of local people so we can make sure we do all we can to meet their needs.”

Call police on 101 with any concerns.