Police launch summer crackdown on Sunderland seafront hordes

Crime news
Crime news
Have your say

POLICE are repeating a summer crackdown on underage drinking and disorder in Seaburn.

Officers took part in regular patrols on the seafront last year after complaints about a reported 400 young people gathering in the field being Morrisons – many of them drinking underage.

Police are now warning young people the patrols will be returning to the area this summer as part of Operation Harpoon.

A CCTV camera has also been installed in the field to help identify youths drinking underage and causing a nuisance.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “We don’t want the same issues that we had last year where we had hundreds of teenagers hanging around on the field behind Morrison’s in Seaburn.

WMany were drinking alcohol, causing a nuisance and putting themselves in vulnerable situations.

“CCTV has been installed in the field and local neighbourhood officers will be carrying out regular patrols in and around the area.”

He added: “We will be working to identify those youths responsible for causing a nuisance or drinking alcohol and will be visiting them at home and speaking to them in front of their parents.

“It is well known that underage drinking fuels anti-social behaviour, not only that young people are making themselves vulnerable and increasing the possibility they could become a victim of crime themselves.

“Most parents may not be aware their children are involved in anti-social behaviour and underage drinking and I ask them to make sure they know what their children are doing in the summer holidays.

“There are plenty of activities throughout the city for young people to get involved in during the summer and we would encourage them to do so.”

•To report anti-social behaviour, call 101.