YOUTH-MOB hot spots are to be broken up as city centre police wage war on wayward teens.
Officers have launched Operation Exterior in response to growing concern about drunk and rowdy behaviour, particularly around Mowbray Park and Norfolk Street.
Police are focusing patrols in the areas where youths have been congregating.
Sunderland City Council has also deployed antisocial behaviour officers and housing providers to help tackle the issue.
It is hoped that youth workers can befriend the young people at weekends to divert them away from making trouble.
In a bid to tackle the problem, police say they will take action against anyone found selling alcohol to those under 18, while also working closely with licensed premises in the area to promote responsible drinking.
Inspector Mick Hall, from Northumbria Police, said: “We know it’s only a small number of young people involved in this type of behaviour, but that it’s a large concern for residents. We want the city, including its parks, to be a place for everyone to enjoy so we hope the patrols will not only cut this behaviour, but also offer reassurance to residents, visitors and those working in the area.”
Councillor Harry Trueman added: “We would ask people to let us know of any concerns they may have so we can address them.”