REPORTS of fighting among a large group of teenagers marred Hexham's popular Spook Night.

Northumbria Police confirmed it received a report of the teenagers fighting and causing anti-social behaviour at the Sele Park, in Hexham, just before 8pm on Saturday.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said police attended the scene, however, any disorder had ceased before officers arrived and the group later dispersed.

The annual Spook Night event saw thousands of people travel to Hexham town centre on Saturday, and Northumbria Police have reminded residents they will be stepping up patrols ahead of Halloween and Bonfire Night.

Chief Supt. Janice Hutton, force lead for anti-social behaviour, said: “Our overriding priority is to ensure that everyone enjoys the Halloween and bonfire period safely.

“Over the last few weeks, officers have been going into schools to speak to students and remind them that while this time of year is full of fun and excitement for some, other members of the community can feel intimidated and frightened.

“As a result, we will be carrying out regular patrols in areas where large groups tend to gather, and officers will be on hand to offer reassurance and crime prevention advice to members of the community."