'There is no-one in control of these children' – Councillor hits out at Houghton parents during police walkabout

November 21, 2017
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A Houghton Councillor has hit out at parents who let their kids run riot warning that ‘there is no-one in control of these children’

Ward Coun Alex Scullion made the remarks as police and partners went on a walkabout in Houghton town centre after recent and numerous reports of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Police walkabout in Houghton-le-Spring town centre.

Officers joined councillors, council officers and bus company representatives as they hit the streets after school finishing time on Tuesday.

The move comes after about three weeks of misery was caused by youngsters, with many residents reporting growing problems with anti-social behaviour involving youths

Last week, the situation got so bad that bus provider Go North East said it had to divert buses away from a usual route which goes through Houghton town centre.

Now, officers say they are working with schools to warn parents of their children’s behaviour, in an attempt to nip the problem in the bud.

Police walkabout in Houghton-le-Spring town centre.  Supt Steve Heatley talks with councillors Alex Scullion and Juliana Heron.

Police walkabout in Houghton-le-Spring town centre. Supt Steve Heatley talks with councillors Alex Scullion and Juliana Heron.

They are warning that more heavy-handed tactics may become necessary should this not resolve the problem.

Houghton Coun Juliana Heron joined the event on Tuesday night.

She said: “We’ve had a lot of youth disorder on the Broadway and it’s gone on over a number of weeks and it’s been a major topic of conversation on social media.

“we really wanted to get a chief…


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