A DISPERSAL order has been put in place in a Tyne Valley village, according to the area's county councillor.

Coun. Karen Quinn, who represents Wylam, said she had spoken to Northumbria Police on Friday, and that they had decided to put the 48 hour order in place.

Dispersal orders give police the right to ask a group of two or more people to leave the dispersal area if they are doing anything wrong, or if they believe that they may or are likely to cause a nuisance to someone else.

It follows a spate of anti-social behaviour in the village that has reportedly seen young people drinking in the streets as well as jumping of the old railway bridge.

Coun. Quinn believed the police had done the right thing.

She said: "It was put in place early Friday morning and lasting over the weekend.

"There are going to be police patrolling Wylam. There has been incidents every night.

"They will be patrolling the village. I think it's the right thing to do if that's what villagers want, which it seems to be.

"There are definitely big groups hanging around leaving litter, so I'm all for it.

"It's happening all over the county, but I can't speak for them. For Wylam, I think it's the right thing to do."

Northumbria Police have been contacted for comment.