Officers tackle anti-social behaviour in Chesterton
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Officers from Newcastle Neighbourhood Policing Team are continuing to crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Chesterton following concerns from local residents.
Local officers have dealt with a number of reports recently of groups of teenagers, aged between 14 – 16 years of age, breaking into the facilities at Vision Youth Centre and causing criminal damage. There have also been allegations of drug taking and threats of violence in the surrounding area.
To tackle the on-going issues, officers are regularly visiting the centre and working with partner agencies including Newcastle Borough Council, Aspire Housing, local schools and colleges, and Catch 22; a commissioned service who support children have gone missing from home or care, or are at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
If the anti-social behaviour continues, dispersal orders may also be enforced, whereby officers have the powers to tackle anyone aged 10 or over who has committed or is suspected of committing anti-social behaviour, or likely to cause harassment and distress to others. Police can order an individual to leave the area by the most appropriate means.
PC Mike Penderis of Newcastle Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We’ve been listening to issues raised by local residents, and youth centre staff and members, and we want to reassure them that Newcastle officers and PCSOs are working hard to address these concerns and take appropriate action.
“The Vision Youth Centre is a brilliant facility and if it was forced to close due to the unacceptable behaviour of this group, then it would be a huge loss for the community.
“We also need the support of parents of those who may be involved. Do you know where your child is, who they are with and what they are doing?”
PCSO Hannah Chaplin added: “The local business in Chesterton have also been targeted by the groups causing issues. It has been reported that teenagers are loitering outside, dropping litter and intimidating local residents who use the shops.
“We are carrying out CCTV enquiries and working closely with staff to support them and address the issues. If your child is part of this group and they are identified, they will be dealt with accordingly.
“If you are concerned about anti-social behaviour or criminality in your neighbourhood, please report it to us by visiting our website, or calling 101.”