DOZENS of residents attended a meeting in Evenwood organised in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Forty one people turned out to discuss a resolution to the issues facing the village with Chief Constable of Durham Police, Mike Barton.

Among the attendants to the Randolph Centre meeting were ten young people who, while arriving late, took part in conversations with concerned residents and police.

Writing in The Northern Echo yesterday, Mr Barton said: “The young people were amazing, speaking confidently about what they wanted; they are a real credit to their families and the community.”

It was decided that the workingmen’s club would look into organising a disco for children while Mr Barton said he would explore opportunities for young people in his cadet scheme and with apprentice youth workers.

He added that while some residents favoured a more robust line on anti-social behaviour, arresting youngsters was the force’s “absolute last resort”.

People across the village pledged to work together to tackle the issue at the meeting on June 5.