Police issue 48-hour youth ban after gang of more than 30 hurl eggs, bottles and rocks on streets of Seaton Carew
Teenagers will be banned from streets in Seaton Carew for 48-hours starting tonight in the wake of disorder which saw a gang of around 30 teenagers wreck havoc.
Cleveland Police has put a dispersal order in place in Seaton Carew, after antisocial behaviour which has seen eggs and bottles being thrown and windows being smashed at properties and businesses by large groups of young people.
Last night, Thursday, January 9, a group of up to 30 youths gathered on Elizabeth Way at around 8.30pm and were reported to be throwing rocks – in one case a window was smashed.
The order will run for 48 hours from 6pm tonight and will be bound by Elizabeth Way, Farndale Road, Castleton Road and nearby streets.
It means officers can disperse large groups of youths who behaving antisocially, or causing alarm or distress the public.
Anyone found to be causing trouble will be asked to move and not return for a period of 48 hours.
Those who breach the order by returning to the area can be arrested.
Hartlepool Community Safety Team will be carrying out additional patrols in the area to provide a reassuring presence to residents and businesses.
Inspector Matthew Reeves said: “Following on from antisocial behaviour issues in 2019 in the Seaton Carew area, it is disappointing to see a return of youths behaving irresponsibly in the area again.
“I would like to reassure local residents and businesses that police will maintain a presence in the area as much as possible and will serve antisocial behaviour warnings and, where possible, seek legal action against anyone found to be responsible for engaging in this type of behaviour.
“I would urge parents who may have children who are frequenting the Seaton Carew area to talk to their children about the consequences of being involved in antisocial behaviour and the impact this could have on local residents and business owners who are in fear.
“Criminal records can have an impact on youngsters trying to get onto college courses, apprenticeships or get jobs and so please encourage them to be responsible and not be influenced by others behaving in this way.”