Action has been taken against louts who have been causing anti-social behaviour and making residents’ lives a misery, including one man who allegedly dealt drugs to youths.
Following concerns raised by people living in St Michaels Square, Northumberland Community Safety Department and Alnwick Neighbourhood Policing Team have targeted a number of specific individuals.
Last Wednesday, four people were served with Community Protection Warnings to keep out of St Michael’s Square and the surrounding areas within 50 metres of the location.
They were warned not to behave in a way that others perceive to be intimidating, threatening, abusive, aggressive or harassing anywhere in Alnwick. They must also not cause damage to other people’s property.
If these individuals breach the warning, they will be served a Community Protection Notice which if breached will lead to arrests and prosecution.
On the same day, officers executed a warrant at an address in the Square, following reports of a man dealing drugs.
As a result of the house search, officers recovered a quantity of drugs and the male was detained for inquiries. The housing provider was informed as his activities are in breach of his tenancy.
Police are warning that they will not tolerate this sort of behaviour and will tackle it robustly. Alnwick Inspector Paul Truscott said: “Working in partnership with others, I am determined to tackle those few individuals who cause misery for others by their anti-social and criminal behaviour.
“We will not stop until communities – whether in Alnwick, Amble or Rothbury – feel safe and secure.”
Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle raised the issues with police after residents had contacted him about the problems.
He said: “I’m pleased that the police and council officers have responded promptly and firmly and I hope this gives a very clear warning to those who disrupt the lives of residents that their behaviour will not be tolerated.”