TOWN councillors have been discussing how to combat anti-social behaviour in Ponteland.

At the council’s meeting on Wednesday, November 13, Ponteland Town Council’s clerk, Kath Mavin, said there had been an increase in anti-social behaviour in the lead-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night.

The town will be getting two new community support officers in an attempt to combat the issue.

The clerk said: “Looking at the positives, we have two PCOs with vehicles that are ready, and we’ve spent a bit of money on CCTV at Merton Hall, which is clear and successful.

“We’re also paying for two outreach workers. I’m not saying that they can engage with everyone but there’s been some success.”

According to Police UK, there were 15 incidents of anti-social behaviour reported to police in Ponteland throughout September – the latest figures available.

Tynedale’s neighbourhood inspector, Pam Bridges said: “We are aware of the impact that anti-social behaviour can have on communities.

“We work closely with partners to address any issues brought to our attention.

“If we do identify anyone behaving in this way then we will take appropriate action.

“I urge anyone concerned by anti-social behaviour or who sees any incidents, to report them to police.”