Police are taking action after a spate of anti-social behaviour in Rothbury and have urged some parents to assume responsibility and take a more ‘active grip’ of their children.
A recent Coquetdale Community Message (CCM), issued by police, states that officers have spoken to around 15 youngsters and their parents/guardians, as well as staff at Morpeth’s KEVI school, following a string of incidents. Police are working with Northumberland County Council to address some potential problematic individuals.
The Force has also warned that it will issue a direction to leave order in places where youths congregate and present disorder concerns, which have been highlighted by the community.
These areas include Bridge Street, Rothbury Riverside areas and the cemetery, as well as a Second World War pillar box and Carterside Road.
The action seems to be working. The CCM adds: ‘Incidents of anti-social behaviour have significantly reduced. Police are grateful for the support and cooperation of most parents.
‘We have stressed the need for some parents to assume their responsibility and take a more active grip, otherwise their children will likely end up with criminal records.’
Other incidents of crime in the recent CCM, which relates to the period from October 1 to November 1, includes the removal of 42 lambs, to the value of £2,000, from Oak Dene Grange Farm, Longframlington, sometime between May 1 and October 7.
Police have also urged the public to be wary of a red VW Golf, registration NU52***, believing it to have been used in rural criminal activity. Anyone who spots this vehicle, should call 999.