A TEENAGE girl found to be carrying a knife while with a group of youths in a County Durham town has been bailed.

The 13-year-old was among a crowd of about 150 youngsters in Sedgefield on Friday, April 6, when she was arrested during a stop and search by police.

Durham Police on Friday night confirmed the girl had been bailed and the matter had been passed to County Durham Youth Offending Service (CDYOS).

Following the arrest a Dispersal Order, put in place in response to a rise in anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the area on Fridays and Saturdays, was then used to move the crowd on.

In the wake of the incident the Sedgefield Neighbourhood Police Team urged parents to be aware of where their children are and who they are with.

A spokesperson said: “Sedgefield is a small village and groups of young people can be intimidating for members of the public who we have a duty to care for.”

A multi-agency meeting to discuss ASB will be held this week.