Warning to parents after youths involved in anti-social behaviour in and around Peterlee
Peterlee police officers are continuing patrols in the community to tackle an increase in anti-social behaviour.
On Saturday, January 11, police were called in response to reports of anti-social behaviour in Peterlee, Shotton, Wingate, Station Town and the surrounding areas, which involved a number of young people.
Officers have now urged parents to be aware of where their children are, and what they may be doing in their free time.
A statement on the Peterlee Police Facebook page criticised the “disrespectful” behaviour of the young people who are impacting the lives of those living and working in the affected areas – and warned perpetrators that they would be “dealt with appropriately” if caught.
It said: “We have robustly dealt with a number of youths due to their behaviour and have dispersed large groups from the town centre and Shotton areas.
“A number of youths were taken to Peterlee Police Station and their parents were requested to come and collect them due to this behaviour.
“We also used this opportunity to make their parents fully aware of what their children are really doing whilst they are on the streets.”
The statement added: “If your child is using their bikes or scooters to cause harassment to others, they will be seized.
“If you as parents are found to be aware of this behaviour and are not taking appropriate steps to prevent this, you will be held responsible and dealt with.”