Bid to cut anti-social crimes

POLICE and council chiefs have launched an operation targeting anti-social behaviour.

Officers from Durham Police and Durham County Council have launched the crackdown to stamp out bad behaviour in Shotton Colliery.

It has seen neighbourhood wardens from Durham County Council and police officers and PCSOs from Durham Constabulary increase patrols in the village.

So far four people have been arrested and a number of other people have been issued with warning notices.

In the first two weeks of the initiative, three people have been arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

And working jointly with local bus companies a fourth person has also been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to a bus.

Eight people have received warning notices for anti-social behaviour while driving a vehicle and inquiries are ongoing in relation to a number of other incidents.

Coun Lucy Hovvels, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: “This is an ongoing operation to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour in and around Shotton Colliery.

“We will continue to work with the community, local businesses and other organisations over the coming weeks with the aim of stamping out the problem and improving quality of life for residents.”

Anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour can contact Durham police on 0345 6060365 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.