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£130,000 for police and council to tackle anti-social behaviour

Council workers and police in North Tyneside have received extra funding to deliver a public health approach to youth anti-social behaviour.

A new initiative to steer young people away from a life of crime has been launched by the Northumbria Police and a local council after they received £130,000 in funding.

The force have teamed up with North Tyneside Council and secured the money to help prevent anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the area.

The work will be supported through funding from Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness’ Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), which recently received a £1.6 million boost from the government.

Officers in North Tyneside will be conducting additional patrols between January and March this year and working alongside partners to recognise those teenagers involved in ASB, identify vulnerabilities and try to stop re-offending.

A bid for funding was made after concerns were raised form the community about the levels of ASB.

Chief Inspector Ron Charlton, the initiative's lead, emphasised how important such to response to ASB.

He said: “We have a dedicated multi-agency team who are tasked with addressing the issues of anti-social behaviour and ensuring that resident’s concerns are acted upon as well as helping those who may have committed minor offences but can still be supported to go down a different path.

“I want to thank all those involved as this type of work is vital and can only be done by working alongside partners. Together we can and are making a difference to communities and those most in need of support.”

The funding will also be used to convert unused space in Wallsend Customer First Centre into a base for local officers, youth workers and community protection officers.

From there they can identify and support vulnerable young people to engage with activities such as sports, academic clubs, social clubs and events.

North Tyneside Council’s Cabinet member for community safety, Carole Burdis, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding which will greatly help our ongoing joint work to tackle anti-social behaviour through prevention and early intervention.

“We want to improve the life chances of all our young people. By engaging young people in Wallsend into positive activities we can divert them away from anti-social behaviour and violence, support them to fulfil their potential and help our residents feel safer.”

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “This initiative is all about identifying at risk vulnerable young people who are on the cusp of crime and engaging them in positive and productive hobbies as well as educating them on the consequences of their actions and preventing re-offending.

They went on to say: “Anti-social behaviour will always be high on police’s radar, as new generations grow up we see a new wave of young people we need to engage with and help educate around the consequences of ASB and disorder. We need to stay alert to community issues and act where we can to help both victims and offenders.”

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