Homes threat to par­ents of yobs ter­ror­is­ing part of city Clamp down af­ter rocket at­tacks and street fights

Sunderland Echo - - Front Page - By Fiona Thompson fiona.thompson@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @fionath­omp­sonjp

Par­ents have been warned they could lose their homes as po­lice launch a crack­down on a 20-strong bunch of teenage ter­rors which has brought mis­ery to a Sun­der­land neigh­bour­hood.

Since the start of the month, po­lice in South­wick have han­dled 21 re­ports of bad be­hav­iour, with a group of 14 to 18-year-olds, both boys and girls, at the cen­tre of the dis­or­der.

Their ac­tions have cen­tred around Ri­d­ley Street, Beau­mont Street, Goschen Street, Cato Street and the back lanes towards Thompson Road, with fires also started near the Half­way House pub. Prob­lems have in­cluded: Fire­works be­ing aimed at fam­ily homes and rock­ets fired at po­lice and fire of­fi­cers, as well as emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles.

Ho­mo­pho­bic abuse hurled at a woman in pub­lic, with po­lice treat­ing this as a hate crime.

A fight in Ri­d­ley Street, which led to a young man suf­fer­ing a bro­ken arm and a 14-year-old be­ing charged with threat­en­ing be­hav­iour.

Bon­fires be­ing built and set alight in lanes.

Northum­bria Po­lice said it has made a num­ber of ar­rests, with more to fol­low as their in­quiries con­tinue.

Of­fi­cers are work­ing along­side schools, the coun­cil and coun­cil­lors, youth devel­op­ment work­ers and Tyne and Wear Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice on an ac­tion plan to get to the root of the is­sues, with a walk­a­bout held on the streets last night as dis­cus­sions con­tinue into tack­ling the is­sue, It is also in dis­cus­sions with hous­ing provider Gen­too as it warns the par­ents of those found to be caus­ing trou­ble that they could lose their homes, with warn­ings that ten­ancy en­force­ment ac­tion could be taken.

Ef­forts are on­go­ing to find the ad­dresses of those be­hind the at­tacks and use this mea­sure.

A “hard core” of eight to 10 boys at are at the cen­tre of the group, with sev­eral sib­lings in­volved in the group, with the busiest and most chal­leng­ing shift so far prov­ing to be Bon­fire Night.

Neigh­bour­hood In­spec­tor Don Wade said: “We are look-

“This is very much the start” INSP DON WADE

ing at ten­ancy en­force­ment ac­tion. It’s a tac­tic we have em­ployed in other ar­eas of Sun­der­land quite ef­fec­tively, in Witherwack and other ar­eas, and peo­ple should get the mes­sage that if you’re in­volved in this be­hav­iour, you will be ar­rested and you run the risk of los­ing your home.

“We have al­ready made a num­ber of ar­rests, there will be more, and we do have peo­ple sup­port­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tions, but I would ask peo­ple to get in touch with more in­for­ma­tion, be­cause the more we get, the more ac­tiv­ity we can carry out.

“I very much be­lieve in crim­i­nal and civil leg­is­la­tion be­ing used, and we will be us­ing what is avail­able to us.

“This is very much the start, so in the short term there will be ar­rests, but in the long term there is go­ing to be a lot of work around an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour leg­is­la­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of those in­volved and their fam­i­lies.” A let­ter drop is be­ing car­ried out in South­wick as po­lice urge peo­ple to pass on in­for­ma­tion. Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to ap­peal for help to track down those re­spon­si­ble for an at­tack at 8.20pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5, when a brick was thrown through a liv­ing room win­dow be­fore a fire­work was then fired into the room, caus­ing smoke dam­age to the house. Of­fi­cers want to hear from any­one who was in the area of Ri­d­ley Street and Thompson Road at be­tween 8.20pm and 8.45pm. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence 1273 of 05/11/17.

Po­lice chiefs and a coun­cil of­fi­cer on pa­trol in South­wick last night.

Po­lice of­fi­cers Supt Steven Heat­ley, Chief Insp Mark Hall, Pc Iain Todd and Sgt Louise McClen­nan, with coun­cil of­fi­cer Stu­art Dou­glas, cen­tre, on a walk­a­bout of South­wick.

Ri­d­ley Street and Thompson Road.

Left, fires have been started by the youths close to the Half­way House pub. Right, Neigh­bour­hood In­spec­tor Don Wade.

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