Pub patrols are stepped up

EXTRA patrols have been carried out at pubs in Wallsend to prevent alcohol fuelled disorder.

Officers from the Wallsend neighbourhood policing team were joined by staff from Never Too Late (N2L), a young people’s drug and alcohol service, to give advice to youngsters.

The operation aimed to tackle disorderly behaviour during the busy weekend period, and police teamed up with N2L staff who handed out leaflets and advice to younger customers about help they can get about youth drug and alcohol issues.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Matt Bruno said: “We work closely with Wallsend Pubwatch and local off-licences to help prevent underage drinking and stop alcohol fuelled disorder which can result.

“We know under 18s who drink can also become vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime and we are doing all we can to prevent this.

“By going on patrol with N2L, a confidential service for young people under 18 living in North Tyneside, we can make sure these youngsters get the appropriate help they may need.

“This operation has been successful and has been well received by both pub customers and their staff who are keen to help us cut disorder.”

Linda Arkley, elected mayor of North Tyneside, said: “We understand that disorder resulting from underage drinking is something that residents of North Tyneside are concerned about so I welcome this initiative.

“By working with our multi-agency partners we are helping to ensure young people have the information they need to make sensible choices, provide alternative activities and where necessary use legal measures available to address persistent anti-social behaviour and nuisance.”

Douglas Hunter, licensee of The Albion Inn, added: “The police are working closely with Wallsend Pubwatch. It’s great to see N2L coming into the pubs and I encourage any education to reduce under age drinkers.”

For further information about seeking help from N2L email or call (0191) 643 8802.