POLICE received 62 calls regarding anti-social behaviour in Hexham between July and September.

Speaking at the Tynedale Local Area Council meeting last Tuesday, Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector, Pam Bridges, said despite the figures, violent crime remained low.

In Hexham, Inspector Bridges reported on a number of locations where anti-social behaviour had taken place.

She said: “There has been an increase of graffiti on Tyne Green. The town council plans to work with the high school to address this issue and identify the people responsible.

“The police have also received sporadic reports of anti-social behaviour at the Sele park and bus station in Hexham.”

In East Tynedale, which area covers Prudhoe and Ponteland, Inspector Bridges reported 17 burglaries to homes since June 1. Inspector Bridges said : “Officers have consulted local residents to ensure them that they continue to provide resilience and a presence throughout the area.

“We have also seen an increase in alcohol seizures among youths in Prudhoe, which we continue to tackle.”