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Crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Leam Lane, Gateshead
15 Jan | 17:37

Officers have warned that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated after a crackdown by officers in Gateshead.

Since the onset of the dark nights police in the Leam Lane and Fewster Square had seen a spike in disorder linked to young people.

It was reported the teenagers had been congregating in groups, being abusive and intimidating to residents as well as causing disruption to coaches in the area.

This has caused concern among the local community but police have been working with partners, including Go North East, to tackle the issue.

However, police are concerned that many of the things being shared among residents in the area have not actually taken place.

Officers have revealed they are aware of false reports on social media of an acid attack that took place in the town.

Now Sergeant Paul Cook, who oversees policing in the area, has called on the public to work with police rather than to speculate on social media.

He said: “We are aware that people in the Leam Lane estate and around Fewster Square are concerned about recent reports on social media of disorder in the community.

“Our officers have already been responding to reports of anti-social behaviour in relation to young people who have been intimidating members of the public and causing disruption in the area.

“Strategies have been put in place with partners to effectively tackle the disorder and we are already beginning to see results.

“Thanks to the partnership work a number of arrests have been made, eviction notices have been served on problem properties and one of the first every youth injunctions has been handed to a 16-year-old boy.

“That work will continue but public confidence is being hampered by a number of false reports on social media of incidents that have not taken place or that have been greatly exaggerated.

“On one occasion a post was circulated claiming a group of 25 teenagers had assaulted a local resident but this was not the case and nobody was assaulted.

“Another time there were concerns that somebody had been attacked by acid but this was only a verbal threat and no such assault had taken place.

“This has led to suggestions people will take vigilante action but this will not help matters. If you want to assist police then report incidents to officers and provide us with a statement.

“Many people who are speculating on social media have refused to provide a statement to police. If you want to help, then work together with us and partners and not against us.”

Anyone with concerns about criminal activity in the east of the town can contact police on 101 and ask to speak to the Gateshead East Neighbourhood Policing Team.

You can also report online or email the team on gatesheadeast.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.

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