Teamwork tackles Sunderland’s summertime boozers

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CLOSER co-operation has helped cut down on disorder caused by under-age boozers on Sunderland seafront, say police.

Northumbria Police’s Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team has been running the Operation Harpoon - aimed at tackling alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour - through the summer months.

Extra police and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have been on patrol across the north of the city seizing alcohol from underage youths, with particular attention paid to Seaburn and the seafront after concerns were raised by residents.

The operation has involved officers working with Sunderland City council and property firm Gentoo.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Cole said: “During the summer months we often see a rise in the number of reports of anti-social behaviour, in particular during the school holidays.

“However, this year we’ve not seen the same levels that we had at this time last year.

“The effective partnership working we have had with Gentoo and the local authority has been invaluable in helping to tackle disorder and we will continue to work with them to tackle issues in the area.

“Anti-social behaviour can really have a detrimental effect on people’s lives, it’s not just a nuisance but can also be intimidating to some residents.

“If anyone has any concerns, I would urge them to get in contact.”

To report incidents of anti-social behaviour ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.