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Stanley police launch campaign to combat anti-social behaviour
POLICE in a north Durham town have launched a five-week campaign to combat criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.
The drive, following concerns by Stanley residents and shopkeepers, has been called Operation Clairton and is about adopting a “zero-tolerance” approach to youth nuisance.
Increased patrols involving partner agencies such as schools, council wardens, social services, youth workers and health protection teams, will take place in and around Stanley.
Any person suspected of causing damage will be arrested. Those who are believed likely to cause alcohol-related disorder, will be directed to leave the area for a period of up to 48 hours and can be arrested if they return.
Any young person found with alcohol will be taken to a place of safety rather than home and the parents contacted to collect them from that location.
Anyone found to be in possession of alcohol on more than one occasion can be fined up to £500, which will ultimately come out of the parent’s pocket.
Sergeant Dave Clarke of Stanley neighbourhood policing team said: “Our communities have suffered for long enough with this mindless vandalism by a handful of people, affecting the victims and ultimately, the tax-paying public.
“We are using fairly wide reaching powers that have been designed to address this type of problem. We also work closely with housing companies to evict persistent antisocial people from their homes."
In the first week of the operation, five youths aged between 13 and 17 from the Catchgate, Annfield Plain and Dipton areas, were arrested for a number of offences including criminal damage, burglaries, shoplifting and vehicle crime.
Officers are asking members of the public to contact police if they have any information on recent damages and also if they see any large groups of youngsters drinking or acting in an anti-social manner by calling 101. All calls and information will be treated confidentially.
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