Troublemakers will feel the heat, pledge police

THIS month’s warm weather has prompted police to launch a crackdown on drink-fuelled disorder along the North Tyneside coastline.

Officers from Whitley Bay’s neighbourhood policing team are carrying out extra patrols around Cullercoats Bay to deal with problems created by revellers lured to the seaside by summer-like temperatures.

The aim of the patrols is to nip trouble in the bud and ensure that the borough’s beaches remain safe places for families to enjoy a day out at.

Residents are invited to a police forum at the RNLI building at Cullercoats Bay on Sunday at 1.30pm to be given an update on the operation by Sergeant Dave Foy and other neighbourhood beat team members and also to discuss any issues raised.

Inspector Jim Gray said: “Cullercoats Bay is a great amenity for the whole community. Neighbourhood officers are committed to making sure the area is a safe place for everyone to enjoy.

“Police patrols are taking place around the bay area and nearby beaches, and officers will take action against anyone found behaving in a disorderly manner.”

Officers issued three direction-to-leave orders on Monday alone, requiring troublemakers to get out of a designated area and stay out for 48 hours.

Two men, aged 22 and 27, years breached those orders and were arrested. They will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 11.

A third man, aged 24, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and will also appear before magistrates.

Insp Gray added: “We want to send a clear message that disorderly behaviour will not be tolerated.

“We have listened to residents in our community, and we know this is an issue that causes them concern.

“They rightly expect that we will act to make sure Cullercoats remains a peaceful place for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“These additional patrols will continue over the busier summer periods.”

Anyone with concerns about anti-social behaviour along the coast can contact the neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191.