As an Alnwick town councillor, I attended a Multi Agency Partnership meeting in Alnwick on March 15, to discuss anti-social problems in the town, particularly around the bus station and Morrisons store.
At the meeting were representatives of the police,
town council, county council, Arriva bus company and Morrisons.
It would seem that Morrisons has had to call the police many times over the last year with regards to anti-social behaviour in and around their store, as has Arriva and travellers to and from the bus station.
The problem seems to occur mostly after school hours and during the evenings.
The anti-social behaviour is caused by youths aged mainly between 11 and 15.
The police have been asked to deal with the offenders
and prosecute where neccessary.
We are mindful that not all youths in groups are there to cause social disorder, but
there is a small minority who will be facing prosecution unless they change their behaviour.
In order to take control of this matter, the public are asked to contact the
Northumbria Police at any time to report any such an incident so that it can be dealt with appropriately.
The non-emergency number for the police is 101.
If you need to report a serious incident, ring 999.
The members of the multi-agency are working to tackle the problem and will be meeting again to review progress with agreed actions.
Coun Bruce Hewison
Alnwick Town Council