Anti-social behaviour in parks police target

A/Sgt Paul Mckenzie at Churchill Playing Fields.
A/Sgt Paul Mckenzie at Churchill Playing Fields.

Patrols are being stepped up in parks in Whitley Bay during the holiday period to crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Officers from Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team will be patrolling areas including Churchill Playing Fields, Souter Park and the surrounding areas during the busy summer period.

Police are keen to ensure that residents and families visiting the parks can do so in peace and they will also target any youths drinking alcohol.

Officers are working closely with North Tyneside Council park wardens and will also drop in on sporting and other recreational groups who use the park to liaise with them.

Neighbourhood Acting Sergeant Paul Mckenzie said: “Officers are carrying out these patrols to make sure any anti-social behaviour is targeted and to reassure the community by a regular uniform presence.

“We want to make sure our parks are places people want to spend their time in because they can relax and enjoy themselves.

“The vast majority of young people in the area are well behaved and will enjoy the summer months without causing concern for local residents.

“It’s only a small minority that cause an issue.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The council takes anti-social behaviour very seriously and our park wardens will be supporting the police with this crackdown.

“We’re extremely proud of our beautiful and award-winning parks and we want them to continue to be places for all the family to enjoy, especially over the summer holidays.”

Anyone with concerns can contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191.