Police to hear of yob behaviour concern

POLICE will today meet with council chiefs over concerns about anti-social behaviour in a village.

Councillor Rob Crute, who represents Blackhall on Durham County Council and Monk Hesleden Parish Council clerk Lynda Wardle will meet with Inspector Dave Coxon, of Peterlee Police, following yobbish behaviour in the area around the village’s Welfare Park and near the pit wheel monument in Middle Street at the weekend.

Coun Crute said local Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and street wardens had approached him with concerns about the behaviour of a large number of teenagers and people in their early 20s who had congregated at the park to drink alcohol last Friday night and the previous Friday.

He said the youths, thought to have come from surrounding east Durham villages, had trampled on flowers in the park and left cans lying around. It followed a similar incident the week before.

Coun Crute said: “I heard there was a birthday party and it may be that last week’s trouble was a one-off.

“But we are trying to find a way forward and nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand.”

Mrs Wardle said: “We are adamant that we will work together with the police and local community on this.

“We can’t have the village over-run. We need our residents to know we are working really hard to put a stop to it.”