Hello, I am PC 1168 Simon Schofield from Newton Aycliffe Neighbourhood Policing Team. We are aware of reports of further antisocial behaviour in the Western Area of the town in the last week. Owing to information from residents, together with our own police patrols, both marked and unmarked, we interviewed several local youths last weekend after they were identified as having thrown mud and stones at vehicles. A further three youths will be interviewed this week. This is a serious issue and could lead to injuries for the driver and passengers or worse. We are grateful to the members of our community who have reported incidents to us, which has helped us investigate quickly and identify those responsible. Fixed penalty fines have also been issued to parents for their child’s breach of Covid-19 regulations.

Whilst we have had some long awaited and welcome news on the way out of lockdown from the Prime Minister this week, we would like to remind everyone, that for now, we are still subject to a national lockdown and youths should not be out in groups at any time, so it makes the fact that some are gathering and causing ASB more incomprehensible.

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PC Simon Schofield