A TEENAGE boy has been banned from Sunderland city centre in a crackdown on antisocial behaviour.
Daniel Matuszek, 16, was given a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) with conditions not to enter Mowbray Park and the Civic Centre car park area.
He is also barred from Sunderland City Centre between 1pm and 6am and ordered not to associate with other named individuals in a public place.
Matuszek is also “not to be found in possession of a vessel or container of alcohol in a public place”.
The move came after complaints to the police of young people causing problems at Sunderland Civic Centre car park, and the surrounding areas.
Officers stepped up patrols and said the extra attention had seen an increase in police stopping and speaking to the youths.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Ged Fairclough, from the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team, said calls to police about problem behaviour had fallen.
He said: “We stepped up action in the city centre after receiving reports about anti-social behaviour in the area. We know the impact that it can have on local people and their quality of lives and dealing with ASB is a priority for us.
“Officers carried out regular patrols around the Civic Centre car park and were quickly able to identify a group of youths who were at the heart of the majority of the problems.
“They were spoken to, given advice about their behaviour and moved on from the area.
“We took further steps where necessary and one of the youths, Daniel Matuszek, 16, was given a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO).”
He added: “We will continue to monitor the situation in the city centre and I want local people to be reassured that when we get reports of ASB we treat them seriously and look to resolve them any way we can.”
Vera Baird, Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner who has made anti-social behaviour a priority in her Police and Crime Plan, said: “I know from the correspondence I receive and from what people tell me that anti-social behaviour is an issue and one they want to see tackled head on.
“It’s important people report ASB to the police so direct action can be taken.”
To report anti-social behaviour in Sunderland, ring 101.