Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Crackdown on Village's Anti-Social Behaviour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Crackdown on Village's Anti-Social Behaviour

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A CRACKDOWN on anti-social behaviour has been launched in a County Durham village where yobs driving a stolen bus caused a trail of havoc.

Four people have been arrested and a number of others issued with warning notices as part of the operation to stamp out bad behaviour in Shotton Colliery near Peterlee.

Neighbourhood wardens from Durham County Council and police officers and PCSOs from Durham Constabulary have increased patrols in the village.

In the first two weeks of the initiative, three people have been arrested in relation to public order offences.

Joint working with local bus companies has also helped secure the arrest of a fourth person for criminal damage to a bus.

In addition, eight people have received warning notices for anti-social behaviour while driving a vehicle.

Inquires are also ongoing in relation to a number of other incidents.

Coun Lucy Hovvels, Durham County Council's cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: "This is an ongoing operation to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour in and around Shotton Colliery and we are very pleased with the results so far. …

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