POLICE are continuing to dedicate officers in an area that has been rife with anti-social behaviour.

Engagement and activity continues with partner agencies in the Hemlington area under Operation Impact, targeting crime and antisocial behaviour.

On Friday and over the weekend, high visibility patrols continued and local residents and business owners were spoken with.

Five antisocial behaviour warnings were issued, a suspected stolen motorbike was seized and during patrols, a vulnerable woman was located and returned safely to her family.

On Saturday an engagement event was held at the Rec Centre alongside partners from Cleveland Fire Brigade, Thirteen and Middlesbrough Council.

A number of local families attended the event and were able to engage with officers and local councillors, who attended to discuss concerns with residents.

On Sunday, a Skoda Octavia made off from police after it was reportedly driven dangerously in the Hemlington area around 2:15pm.

The vehicle was pursued and later that day a 34-year-old man from the local area was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

He was released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Operation Impact continues this week. Anyone who wishes to report incidents is asked to call 101 in a non-emergency, 999 in an emergency or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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