Four arrested in anti-social behaviour crackdown in the Peterlee area
Four arrests have been made during a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Peterlee and the surrounding areas.
Two men were arrested in connection with an arson in Wingate, while another was arrested for possession of cannabis.
A 17-year-old man was also arrested and charged with robbery following an incident in March during which four people forced entry to a home in Blackhall.
The week also saw Increased police and neighbourhood warden patrols in Shotton Colliery, Wingate, Trimdon and Wheatley Hill, three vehicles and four caravans searched, and drugs seized.
One fixed penalty notice is to be issued as well for the sale of alcohol to an underage person.
Inspector Emma Kay, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Operation Stapleton has been a prime opportunity to act on the information we’ve received from members of the community, and to take firm action against anti-social behaviour.
“As well as making arrests, we have carried out proactive stops of vehicles suspected of being involved in crime, or of committing traffic offences such as driving without insurance, which is often linked in turn to ASB.
“Thanks to those people who have voiced their concerns, and to cooperation with our partner agencies, we’ve been able to achieve really positive results that I hope can provide some reassurance to residents.”
Joanne Waller, head of community protection at Durham County Council, said: “We know the impact anti-social behaviour has on communities and we want to reassure residents that we are fully committed to working with our partners to tackle the issue.
Chris Williams, East Divisional Manager, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are committed to delivering a range of initiatives to keep our communities safe. Working closely with the local authority, police, and a range of other partners is core to delivering this aim.
“Our environmental audits and Safe and Wellbeing visits, along with regular school visits, play a significant part in our day-to-day role. I would urge anyone who would like advice about how to keep their household safe from fire to book a free Safe and Wellbeing visit.
“I would also encourage people to report deliberate fires anonymously via Firestoppers.”
For more information about anti-social behaviour and how to report it, visit www.durham.gov.uk/asb