Residents demand action to tackle gangs of teenagers causing alcohol-fuelled trouble (From The Advertiser Series)
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Residents demand action to tackle gangs of teenagers causing alcohol-fuelled trouble
12:38pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are demanding action to tackle anti-social teenagers who are causing booze-fuelled trouble - and the adults who supply them with alcohol.
People on the Burton Woods estate in Spennymoor, have complained of gangs of teenagers drinking near their homes.
They say the youths gather in large groups in woods near the estate where they drink the alcohol and light fires. They are then abusive to residents and throw stones at the houses.
Many Burton Woods residents say the youths gather outside shops to ask adults to buy them booze.
Several of the residents have voiced complaints on Spennymoor Neighbourhood Police Team’s Facebook page.
One wrote: "We are getting very fed up with underage drinking and empty cans and cider bottles being thrown in to our garden.
"I’m also aware that certain youths are approaching people outside certain shops to buy them alcohol on their behalf.
"‘Something needs to be done to try and deter this and to stop young people drinking on the streets."
Another resident said: "I can’t walk past Bargain Booze without being hassled by large groups of kids asking for alcohol and cigarettes.
"The store owners seem to be doing their best against this but five minutes after they ask the groups to leave, they’re back."
Residents are planning to attend the next Spennymoor PACT meeting to voice their concerns.
Spennymoor Police say they are looking into the issue and are working with several shops, including Bargain Booze, on the High Street, to tackle it.
Youngsters caught with alcohol have the drink confiscated and are either taken home or to a safe location by the police and their parents are spoken to.
Acting Inspector Warren Edwards, of Spennymoor neighbourhood police team, said: “You do get kids who try it on and they ask adults to buy them alcohol.
“We’re looking to identify where the youngsters are getting the alcohol from.
“It is something that we are aware of and we need to educate the adults not to do it. Anyone who does buy alcohol for underage drinkers will get a £90 fine.”
Police also have operations planned to tackle anti-social behaviour.
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