Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Whitley Bay Just like 'Hell on Earth' THE TOWN IS PLAGUED BY YOUTHS' ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Whitley Bay Just like 'Hell on Earth' THE TOWN IS PLAGUED BY YOUTHS' ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter sonia.sharma@trinitymirror.com @thesharminator

SMEARING dog dirt on cars and playing 'vomiting games', yobs are turning what was once the region's premier seaside resort into "hell on earth", the town's tormented locals claim.

Families and businesses in Whitley Bay say they are being plagued by anti-social behaviour and have called on the authorities to take tough action.

A public meeting in the town on Monday, attended by around 100, and a decision was made to set up a pressure group called Save Our Streets. The meeting was called by Caz Lamb, who said there have been problems, especially around the town centre, for around two years and it has become worse.

Among the incidents highlighted are: | cars being damaged | chop windows being smashed | gangs of teenagers gathering, drinking alcohol, abusing and threatening residents | youths playing vomiting games | drunken people, including adults, urinating and defecating in the street | faeces being smeared on cars | drunken yobs fighting, swearing and shouting, and | damage to property.

Caz said: "Everybody is so fed up.

It's just like hell on earth.

"Whitley Bay is a lovely place, a beautiful place, but there are pockets of areas where there are huge problems, especially the streets near the Metro station and in the town centre.

"Gangs of youths, aged around 15 or 16, come down the Metro and kick all the cars as they go past. They threaten and intimidate people.

"Residents have had their car wing mirrors broken and so much damage has been caused. It seems like lawlessness, we can't go down the street without seeing drunken behaviour or gangs fighting.

"I have seen youths having vomiting contests, patting each other on the back and forcing each other to vomit.

"I once tried to stop someone from kicking a car but he just went down the street and kicked every car. …

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