Driver targeted by laser attack

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FAMILIES of teen troublemakers are being warned they could be evicted from their homes after a spate of antisocial behaviour.

Yobs shone a laser pen at a bus driver in the latest in a series of incidents in Shotton Colliery.

Police are working with East Durham Homes (EDH) to tackle the problem, and warned parents their tenancies could be under threat if trouble continues.

EDH has said it needs residents to identify those responsible for causing problems in the area to allow action to be taken.

The spokeswoman added: “We have only identified a few youths and have carried out joint visits with the police and issued written warnings against their tenancy.

“However, not all the youths causing the antisocial behaviour are residing in council accommodation.

“The severity of the antisocial behaviour will determine what action will be taken against the perpetrators and their parents.

“In many instances they are invited to a meeting with the police and East Durham Homes with a view to changing their behaviour, which may result in the joint signing of the neighbourhood agreement.

“If the behaviour continues, only then we may look at taking more formal legal action to end the tenancy.”

The warning comes after the signing of a neighbourhood agreement involving tenants from the Alcote Grove and Tudor Court area.

It was signed by the police, councillors, EDH and Durham County Council with the aim of improving the quality of life in the village.

About 50 homes are in the designated area, and the document sets out what improvements people living in them want to see and has already resulted in new fencing to block out off-road bikes and trespassers.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the laser attack, which happened to the 24 Arriva bus service to Peterlee, in Bruce Glazier Terrace.

The driver was left with stinging eyes, but did not need hospital treatment.

Investigators hope passengers on the busy bus and residents can track down the teenagers responsible for the incident, which happened at 8.50pm on Tuesday, October 11.

Other reports of bad behaviour in the area have included damage to a gas pipe in Alcote Grove, nuisance at the community centre, groups congregating around the war memorial and under the canopies of people’s homes.

Anyone with information can call police on 0345 60 60 365.

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