'Success' over youth crime scheme on Tyneside

Teenager drinking alcohol generic "Operation Stay Safe" was launched on 24 July

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A scheme on Tyneside to prevent children from committing or becoming victims of crime has been described by police as a success.

Officers have been patrolling "disorder hotspots" on Saturday nights looking for children who are drunk or too young to be out on the streets.

Offenders have been taken home for police and social workers to speak to parents about their child's behaviour.

"Operation Stay Safe" was launched on 24 July and will run until September.

Since the scheme began, officers have spoken to more than 250 young people in city centre parks and seized small amounts of alcohol.

Two girls aged 17 and 16 were taken home on separate occasions after they were found to be intoxicated and abusive.

A 16-year-old boy was taken home to his parents after being suspected of taking cannabis.

Insp Jan Harrison said: "The overall aim is to keep young people away from crime, whether this is as a victim or offender.

"It's also about speaking to parents about the support that is available to them, and making sure they know what their children are really getting up to."

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