Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beers on Wheels; GANG OF LOUTS TURN STOLEN CARAVAN INTO MOBILE DEN FOR BOOZING

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Beers on Wheels; GANG OF LOUTS TURN STOLEN CARAVAN INTO MOBILE DEN FOR BOOZING

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Byline: By ROB KENNEDY

A CARAVAN was turned into a mobile pub by yobs on a Tyneside estate.

A gang of more than 20 troublemakers pulled the caravan by hand around North Shields, stopping at frequent intervals to drink alcohol.

They spent up to three days living in the mobile boozer before police seized it.

Officers found empty cans, cider bottles and wine bottles scattered all around the caravan.

The yobs, some as young as 14, had even hooked up a gas bottle and had the heating on.

Sgt Frank Best, of North Tyneside area command, said: "They had got the caravan and were dragging it round the streets from place to place.

"It was basically being used as a mobile drinking den and creating a nuisance and problems for local residents.

"Aside from the anti-social behaviour aspect, there was also a safety issue to be considered with the gas bottle.

"Their behaviour generated a lot of complaints from members of the public."

The abandoned two-berth caravan was taken by the group last week.

Over the next three days they were spotted in various streets in the Chirton Grange area of North Shields.

It was in Tamar Close, Whitehouse Lane, Blandford Road and the surrounding streets at various points late last week.

At one point they even set up camp outside an old people's home.

Police say the group would grab hold of the caravan and pull it around the estate before stopping at various points.

Once berthed, they would stay there for several hours, drinking vast quantities of alcohol.

When police moved in they were parked up on a patch of wasteland in a former pub car park.

As well as the empties, police seized a large quantity of lager, cider and wine, which was disposed of.

Officers say they believe a group of well-known troublemakers had been behind the incident.

Sgt Best said: "Anti-social behaviour on the Chirton Grange estate is of particular concern among residents. …

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