A 16-year-old has been charged with robbery following an incident at Alnwick bus station earlier this month.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was one of five arrested following two serious assaults on Saturday, February 8. The other four youths are currently on police bail for both incidents.
As reported in last week’s Gazette, the incidents initially led to several arrests for public-order and criminal offences, but last Wednesday, following further investigations, more arrests took place.
Alnwick Inspector Paul Truscott told the Gazette: “Police have traditionally worked closely with partners by identifying the small number of youths responsible for anti-social behaviour and tackling the youths, and their parents if applicable, through a variety of different interventions.
“But following a large number of incidents on Saturday, February 8, in the town centre when we had a large number of reports of anti-social behaviour and crime, we have now stepped up our response to those local youths who we feel are responsible.
“The majority of young people in the town are law-abiding and respectful of their community.
“However, there’s a small minority who frequently cause problems in the town who are well-known to police and partner agencies.
“These individuals will be targeted and dealt with positively if they have been found to have committed crimes and anti-social behaviour.
“Alnwick is a great town in which to live, work and visit. Boorish and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Insp Truscott added that anti-social behaviour was down by 22 per cent, but they ‘are not being complacent’.