Operation Gryphon targets yobs in Sunderland and South Tyneside

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
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Police in Sunderland and South Tyneside are teaming up to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Operation Gryphon will see officers carrying out regular patrols in anti-social behaviour hotspots and taking a three stage approach to dealing with offenders.

Anti-social behaviour can affect anyone and everyone and as this operation demonstrates, our officers take the issue very seriously. If it’s a problem in your community, I urge you to report it.

Vera Baird

Anyone causing a nuisance will receive first a letter warning them tat their behaviour is unacceptable.

If behaviour persists, they will be visited at home by police and, if necessary, a representative of a partner agency, such as a housing provider.

The third step will see police use legal steps such as dispersal orders, civil injunction orders and criminal behaviour orders.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour in all its forms is an absolute priority for me.

“There is no place for it in our communities and I welcome the pro-active efforts from Northumbria Police to reduce the impact it has on our neighbourhoods.

“Anti-social behaviour can affect anyone and everyone and as this operation demonstrates, our officers take the issue very seriously. If it’s a problem in your community, I urge you to report it.”

Southern Area Command Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “Operation Gryphon is our response to ensuring anti-social behaviour remains low across Sunderland and South Tyneside and that our communities feel even safer.

“Anti-social behaviour can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life for local communities, in particular those who may be more vulnerable or elderly.

“It can cause people to feel intimidated and fearful and in some instances even stop them from going out if they have to walk past large groups of youths or people causing a nuisance.

“Over the next couple of weeks the nights will start to draw in and during the darker evenings it can be even more intimidating for people to put up with anti-social behaviour.

“This three level approach has previously worked very successfully in Sunderland and now we’re rolling out the operation across the whole of Southern Area Command to make sure proactive action is taken against those who are causing the most nuisance in our communities.”