Police patrols help beat park trouble

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A SPECIAL camera has been used to help reduce antisocial behaviour in a Houghton park.

At the start of the summer, residents reported disorder and criminal damage at Rectory Park.

Police have carried out extra patrols at key times and Sunderland City Council provided a camera to monitor activity.

Officers stopped and warned the teens about their behaviour as part of the operation.

The activity forms part of the Northumbria Police campaign Report It To Sort It, aimed at encouraging people to report anti-social behaviour, and has led to a decrease in disorder reports.

Inspector Lisa Musgrove said: “This area has been a place where disorder has taken place historically.

“Over the past two years, incidents in the area have dropped significantly.

“Youth diversionary work has been directed to the area and youngsters spoken to about their behaviour. While there has been a decrease, we’re not complacent and the area remains a priority.”