POLICE were clamping down on young troublemakers and antisocial drivers in a County Durham town centre at the weekend.

Officers spoke to a number of youths suspected of causing antisocial behaviour in Peterlee and took their details before returning them home to their parents.

Further measures are now expected from Durham County Council’s antisocial behaviour escalation team.

The action came as members of the Town Centre Neighbourhood Team carried out foot patrols and mobile patrols throughout Peterlee at the weekend.

They also took steps to tackle drivers believed to have been using their vehicles in an antisocial manner by issuing a number of warnings – which could see their cars seized if they continue to offend.

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A spokesperson for Peterlee police said: “A number of youths suspected of being involved in anti-social behaviour have been spoken to, details obtained and returned home to parents.

“Their details will be passed to Durham County Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Escalation Team for follow up in due course.

“The team have also issued a number of Traffic 183 warning notices to persons believed to have been using their vehicles in an anti-social manner.

“Should this happen on a further occasion, their vehicles will be seized.

“We will continue to take positive action in respect of anti-social behaviour and anti-social use of vehicles, two of the Team's current priorities.”

Anyone who would like to report an incident, share some intelligence or discuss their concerns with Peterlee Town Centre Neighbourhood Team is asked to contact their local officer via their direct telephone or the Live Chat facility of the force’s website at durham.police.uk


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