The number of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) crimes recorded by Northumbria Police in the Sunderland East area has risen by just under five per cent in the last year.
According to ukcrimestats.com, the Sunderland East area, which covers areas such as Hendon, Ryhope, Doxford, St Michael’s and Millfield, saw an increase of 4.77 per cent in ASB, with 1010 incidents being reported between September 2013 and August 2014 in comparison to 964 incidents being reported between September 12 and August 2013.
Police Community Support Officer Craig McArdle, who has worked in Hendon for six years and runs the Middle Hendon Neighbourhood Watch meetings, says his team’s attention is fully concentrated on reducing ASB.
He said: “At this moment in time, our main focus is anti-social behaviour as an NPT team.
“Operations have been put in place to deal with the ASB in the local area and we are dealing with them in different ways.”
At the most recent police update for the East Sunderland Area Committee in June, inspector Jamie Southwell advised that there has been a 13 per cent increase in the amount of youth anti-social behaviour crimes reported since their previous meeting in April this year.
Hugo Fairlie, a Hendon resident, said: “If you walk around the area late at night you can hear teenagers screaming and shouting in the park and you don’t know what they’re up to. It could be anything.
“It can be quite intimidating, especially if you’re on your own.”
The rise in ASB is unexpected with figures from last year showing a substantial decrease of 24.39 per cent to ASB in the previous year between September 2011 and August 2012.
Police Community Support Officer McArdle said: “We’ve had a lot of problems in the past but there are now high levels of policing in the area.
“There are plans in place to develop specific areas that are susceptible to high levels of anti-social behaviour and that could be why you’ll have seen a decrease.”#####