Youths causing ‘a real nuisance’ in village

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Concerns have been raised about a group of youths who have been causing ‘a real nuisance’ in Longhoughton, with a spate of anti-social behaviour.

The youngsters have damaged property, set a fire and wreaked ‘havoc’, according to Simon Buist, from RAF Boulmer.

He raised the issue at Longhoughton Parish Council on Monday, April 18, and said that he had been in touch with police and urged residents to report any problems.

“There has been some anti-social behaviour from youngsters and it would appear that it is a small group of about five or six teenagers who have been, for a number of months now, creating a real nuisance, especially to the more vulnerable people in the village,” he said.

“It is low-level anti-social behaviour – causing damage to property, keying cars, breaking a fence, setting a fire at the back of some houses and creating a bit of havoc in the car park,” he continued, before adding: “After the meeting with the police last week, people are being urged not to be backward in coming forward and they should report every incident by calling 101 – no matter how minor.

“The more people who report incidents of anti-social behaviour, the greater the chance of allocating resources , like patrol cars. The police are needing people to come up with evidence and if anyone has evidence, call 101.”

Following the parish-council meeting, the Gazette contacted the police about the issues. Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said officers were aware of the anti-social behaviour problems and police have already taken action by placing ‘three of the main culprits’ on acceptable behaviour agreements.

This is a voluntary agreement between an individual and the police to stop carrying out certain identified acts which are deemed as anti-social, but not serious enough or meet the criteria to merit further sanctions such as a criminal behaviour order.