ANTISOCIAL behaviour from youngsters has taken a tumble throughout a town and its surrounding villages.
Police say the level of trouble relating to youths has dropped in Seaham by 27 per cent between April and last month, compared to the same period last year.
The reduction has seen fewer incident reported, with 1,527 logged compared to 2,080.
Figures for Seaham fell by 28 per cent, with 743 reports compared with 1,029.
Murton has seen a 30 per cent drop, from 373 to 262 incidents, and antisocial behaviour across Easington Colliery, Easington Village, Haswell and South Hetton, has fallen by 23 per cent.
Inspector Vince Addison, of Seaham, said: “We do continue to have problems on Wood’s Terrace in Murton with kids being a nuisance, but residents have give us feedback from the community to say it is much more peaceful.
“Why is that? Well it’s because people are behaving themselves and that’s because of a range of work by police and partners, such as Acceptable Behaviour Agreements. There have been arrests and prosecutions and there has been a lot invested in getting these people to understand they have a social responsibility.”