Town centre road comes top of the table for trouble

WHITLEY Bay’s South Parade is the most trouble-ridden street in North Tyneside, according to figures released by police.

The new website reveals that 37 incidents were reported in the street, in the heart of the resort’s entertainment centre, in December.

Of those, 31 were classed as anti-social behaviour and six were violent crimes.

That figure is more than twice as high as the 17 incidents reported in the second most trouble-hit road in the borough, Frank Street in Wallsend.

The site also reveals that ten other streets in the borough had tallies of reported incidents in double figures during the run-up to and including the festive season.

They include two further streets in Whitley Bay town centre, Victoria Mews and Station Road, with 16 and 12 incidents respectively.

Other trouble spots in Wallsend include Chestnut Street, with 13 incidents, Station Road, with 11, and Blackhill Avenue in Battle Hill, with ten reported incidents.

In North Shields, Rudyerd Street had 15 reported incidents, Bishopbourne Court had 12 and Orion Way had ten, as did Elmswood Grove in Longbenton.

Chief Inspector Kevin Wellden, of North Tyneside police, said: “We’ve joined up with all other police forces in England and Wales to launch a new tool to help communities in North Tyneside better understand what’s happening on their streets.

“By making this information available, we aim to raise awareness of what we’re doing to tackle crime and disorder and how local people can support their local officers.

“Our commitment is to make our communities an even safer place for people and together with our partner agencies we will continue to tackle the crime and anti social behaviour issues that affect them the most.”