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Written by Adam Wood on 5th January 2018
Police in Houghton are continuing to take action to stamp out youth disorder in the town, after a number of teenagers arranged a Snapchat meet up.
Last night officers from the neighbourhood team covering the town were on duty when they came across a group of 70 teenagers.
After speaking to them, they discovered the teens were from Durham and had arranged through Snapchat to come drinking in the town.
Officers issued a number of dispersal notices and then accompanied the teens on the next bus home.
It comes as bus company, Go North East has previously been forced to divert services from Houghton town centre due to disorder during the early evenings.
Northumbria Police have said the action last night is the latest example of proactive policing in the town that has seen a dramatic reduction in reports of ASB in Houghton.
Superintendent Steve Heatley said: “This is another great example of us taking a robust approach to anti-social behaviour in Houghton.”
“The issues we were having there were very high profile and caused a lot of distress for local residents in the area.”
“However, neighbourhood officers covering the area have been very proactive and adopted a zero tolerance approach to large groups of teens gathering in the town centre.
“Together with the local authority, local businesses and residents we can make Houghton a safer place to live and work.”
Anyone who wants to report issues of anti-social behaviour should call police on 101 or report it online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact/