Anti-social behaviour concerns raised in Amble

Amble councillors have called for a meeting with police chiefs to air concerns about anti-social behaviour issues in the town.

Friday, 15th November 2019, 2:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 6:12 pm

Amble Town Council has also called on members of the public to report such incidents to Northumbria Police.

It was reported at Thursday night’s meeting that Amble Drop-In Centre and the nearby Northumberland Theatre Company had both been targets of anti-social behaviour.

Mayor Craig Weir revealed that police had spoken to some of those allegedly involved.

Queen Street, Amble

Coun Ian Parks suggested the CCTV system could be extended to cover Dovecote Street.

He also raised concerns about ‘pockets of darkness’ being created by the new street lights.

Coun Jane Dargue said: “I think we need a face-to-face meeting because policing on the streets after dark is not working.

“We seem to be getting repeated occurrences of anti-social behaviour and there is a feeling that people are vulnerable in the evening. I don’t think enough is being done.”

However, Coun Weir said that police needed firm evidence. Police had told him there had been 13 incidents reported in the past two months.

“The more people who report an incident, the more they can do about it,” he said.

But Coun Jeff Watson, county councillor for Amble West with Warkworth, said: “I think we have to keep it in perspective. I think Amble is a very safe place compared even to other parts of Northumberland.”

Issues can be reported to the police by calling 101. There is also a Cuppa with a Copper event on Friday, November 22, from 2pm-3pm and 5pm-6pm at Fourways.