Police patrols stepped up in Sunderland to crack down on teen gangs

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Police in Sunderland are stepping up patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Northumbria Police say there are concerns about “large groups of youths” gathering in the area around the St Peter’s Metro staion near the Wearmouth Bridge and causing disorder.

Now, officers are warning those involved that action will be taken against them.

Burger King and Sunderland Train Station have also been highlighted as blacksports, with neighbourhood officers joining forces with the British Transport Police to clamp down on the problems.

Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “It’s come to our attention that large groups of youths are gathering, with individuals fighting each other and generally causing disorder, around the Metro station near the Stadium of Light and Wearmouth Bridge. This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“Officers are carrying out regular patrols to target these individuals and will take action against those who are causing a nuisance. I would also like to remind anyone who thinks it is a bit of harmless fun to join these individuals that in some instances it can be a public order offence just by being present at the time and they could also see themselves arrested.

“Large groups gathering can create anti-social behaviour and disorder and causes concern amongst our communities, it can have a detrimental effect on people’s lives and can be intimidating. We continue to take action to tackle the issue, any young people who are stopped and spoken to about their behaviour are later visited at home.

“In the majority of cases, we find parents are not aware the type of behaviour their children have been involved in and I’d urge parents to make sure they know where their children are going and what they’re doing when they’re out.”

Tackling anti-social behaviour is included in Crime Commissioner Vera Baird’s Police and Crime Plan.

Mrs Baird said: “I am determined that the force tackles ASB. By working with our partners and local communities I know this is something which we can have an impact on which will ensure raised confidence levels in our neighbourhoods.”

Anyone concerned about issues with anti-social behaviour in their area should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191.