Police hail success in blitz on Sunderland seafront crime

Councillor Harry Trueman and Acting Insp Dave Cole with the new anti-social behaviour poster
Councillor Harry Trueman and Acting Insp Dave Cole with the new anti-social behaviour poster
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A WAR on rowdy yobs making life a misery for visitors to Roker Pier is proving a winner.

During the summer, the Echo revealed how police had erected signs warning that officers now have access to the pier to stop any trouble.

The police campaign coincided with the council’s restoration work to bring the pier back to its former glory.

The campaign ran alongside Operation Harpoon, set up to tackle antisocial behaviour at Seaburn.

Between July and mid-September, more than 121 youths were stopped by police in possession of, or under the influence of alcohol.

Of those, 115 were subject to an immediate home visit by police and partners.

Five were served with Acceptable Behaviour Agreements and thousands of pounds worth of alcohol was seized and destroyed.

As a result, trouble in Seaburn has also dropped to 20 reported incidents and 22 crimes, from 56 incidents and 55 crimes in the two months prior to the operation beginning.

Acting Inspector Dave Cole, of Northumbria Police, said: “Officers will continue to patrol the area to ensure antisocial behaviour incidents are reduced even further, which I hope in turn raises confidence.”