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Police tackle gang disorder in village
A CAMPAIGN to tackle antisocial behaviour is under way in a former pit village in north Durham.
Shops in the centre of Langley Park have been blighted with disorder from gangs of young people and noisy households.
Police officers in the areas have pledged to crack down on the problem.
Denise Walker, who works at the Spar shop, said gangs of unruly youths were intimidating for customers.
There have also been several cases of shoplifting from the store.
She said: “People don’t like to come into the shop because of the youths congregating in the area. There is sometimes up to ten of them.
“We have had people stealing.
If you ask them to move on then you just get told where to go.
“We have had the police out, but as soon as they go the youths come straight back, so it is a problem for us.”
PC Scott Crowhurst and his beat team have been talking to local youths and studying complaints from residents to try to come up with a solution.
He said as well as youth nuisance, many complaints came from neighbours of individual houses in the area surrounding the shops.
He said: “We are assessing the area where we have problems and looking at the root causes to work out the best way to deal with it.
“Our plan to tackle antisocial behaviour in Langley Park is to look at nuisance behaviour and private dwellings where people are being noisy.”
PC Crowhurst is studying data collected by the force call handlers to determine which households are causing the most problems for people in the area.
He added: “We thought it was only youths at first, but there is more to it than that.
Now we have established that, we can start to do something about it.
“Once we find out who these people are, we can work with other agencies and issue warnings and more enforcement action on top of that.”
To report anti-social behaviour, call Durham Police’s non-emergency number, 101.
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