Crime and disorder will not be tolerated

Crime and disorder will not be tolerated - police and partners have warned youths and parents in the run up to the school holidays.

A number of parents and their children have been visited by police and partners who have warned that they will be dealt with robustly if they are involved in any type of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage over the holiday break.

The warning comes on the back of strong messages by senior officers about parental responsibility.

Historically, police see an increase in calls at this time of the year and police want both parents and their children to understand that there is no excuse for this type of behaviour and that those who flout the law will suffer the consequences. Parents could even face losing their home under breaches of their tenancy agreements and criminal action could be taken if deemed appropriate.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “Those who commit acts of crime and criminal damage may see it as acceptable – but they are causing misery and suffering for others, and this behaviour won’t be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.

“My message to parents is: ‘Do you know where your children are and what they are doing? 

“We’ll be carrying out high visibility patrols and also signposting youths to diversionary activities which have been set up in conjunction with Local Authorities.

“Let this be a warning to those who think it’s acceptable to commit crime this half term, we won’t tolerate it and you may well face criminal proceedings in a court of law.”

Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety added: “Our residents’ safety and the reduction of crime are of utmost importance to us and we remain committed to working with our partners to keep local communities safe and enjoyable for everyone.

“We know that this kind of behaviour can increase at this time of year and the Council’s team of specialised Civic Enforcement officers are playing an important front line role in tackling anti-social behaviour of all forms. We are determined to prevent those responsible for such behaviour from making people’s lives a misery and hope this sends a clear message that it will not be tolerated in Stockton-on-Tees.”

And the message from Cleveland Fire Brigade is to “Be Safe Not Sorry” and only attend organised events over this period.