Action over youth disorder at golf club

Troublesome teenagers are being warned that police are taking action to tackle anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 3:04 pm
Updated Friday, 28th June 2019, 7:04 pm

Officers are responding to concerns after a number of incidents were reported describing youth disorder on the grounds of Whitley Bay Golf Club.

They included groups of young people causing damage to greens, flags and shelters on the course, as well as disrespectful and aggressive behaviour towards those who challenged them.

Sergeant Lisa Henderson, of Northumbria Police, said: “We’re working closely with partners and the golf club to ensure disorder like this comes to an end and identify those involved.

“It will not be tolerated and action is being put in place to tackle the issue and carry out appropriate action against the individuals responsible.

“We have also stepped up patrols in the areas concerned to avoid a repeat of these issues in the future.

“We have a fantastic relationship with the local community and work closely with them to help improve the lives of residents and businesses in the town.

“We know the vast majority of young people do not engage in this sort of behaviour, but unfortunately a small minority do and this can cause issues for people.

“It is also important to highlight the dangers for those involved as the speed at which golf balls can travel can cause significant injuries if someone is hit.”

Anyone concerned by anti-social behaviour should stop an officer on patrol or talk to the police by calling 101.