Teenagers are being warned that police are stepping up attempts to tackle anti-social behaviour in a Tynedale village.

The warm weather last weekend coincided with a small spike of reports of disorder in Wylam and, as further warm weather is expected this weekend, neighbourhood officers from Northumbria Police are taking robust action to prevent further disorder and support the local community.

Previous reports included groups of teenagers drinking alcohol, urinating in public and putting themselves in danger by jumping into the water from the bridge, leaving some local residents concerned following increased levels of noise and litter.

Now, heading into the weekend, police have warned that such behaviour will not be tolerated and have reassured communities that work is being done to take action against offenders.

Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges said: “Last weekend saw warm sunny weather and this was always likely to bring with it some issues of anti-social behaviour, especially in our more picturesque rural communities.

“We issued a dispersal order last weekend for the area and this will be in place again this weekend to help tackle this sort of behaviour.

“We are asking members of the public to avoid this area so we can take robust positive action against those causing disorder and ensure anyone found participating in anti-social behaviour face the consequences of their actions.

“There is also a real concern for those jumping into the water from the bridge as this can cause serious injury.

“Our message is clear – enjoy the warm weather responsibly and within social distancing regulations and guidance, but anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly.

“We would like to reassure local residents and businesses that this is not being taken lightly, and would encourage members of the public who see such behaviour to tell us.”

Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour to police should call 101 or report it via Northumbria Police’s website