Sunderland police hail success of yob crackdown

Neighbourhood Inspector for Grindon, Dave Pickett
Neighbourhood Inspector for Grindon, Dave Pickett
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ANTIsocial behaviour has been slashed by 82 per cent in an area on Wearside after a crackdown on yobs.

Over the past two months, there have been just 10 reports of antisocial behaviour in the Grindon area – a stark contrast to the 58 youth disorder complaints taken by police between April and June.

This equates to a drop of 82 per cent and police chiefs today put the success down to Operation Cathode, which was put in place after concerns raised by residents about youths drinking and causing disorder.

The operation saw Northumbria Police officers working with partners at Sunderland City Council, Gentoo and Sandhill View School, and was centred on prevention, intelligence, enforcement and reassurance.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Dave Pickett, said: “The reduction in antisocial behaviour proves partnership working carried out in Grindon has paid off. Tackling antisocial behaviour is one of the neighbourhood team’s priorities as this is an issue of concern which is regularly raised by our residents.

“We’re making sure that all young people who come into contact with police are aware of how their behaviour may be percieved by others. However, it’s also important to note that not all young people are committing antisocial behaviour.

“Hanging around the streets isn’t a criminal offence and often they are criticised for this which can cause a barrier between the generations.”

Operation Cathode has seen 20 young people identified as being consistently stopped by officers for causing disorder and they have now received home visits from officers and the council’s antisocial behaviour unit.

Licensing operations have also been carried out, which has resulted in fixed penalty notices being issued to people for buying alcohol for underage youths.

As well as this, youth schemes and activities have been organised in the area to keep youngsters off the streets.

Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This has been an excellent initiative to reduce antisocial behaviour. The council is very supportive and works with the police and other partners in similar exercises across the city.

“This partnership working is helping further improve the quality of life for people in Grindon, the west area of Sunderland and across the city.”

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