POLICE officers patrolling the streets of a Tyne Valley village this weekend came across no issues of anti-social behaviour.

A dispersal order was issued in Wylam last weekend, granting police the power to disperse groups of two or more people if officers believed they would cause a public nuisance.

Extra officers were also deployed to patrol the streets - but no issues were discovered.

Neighbourhood inspector Pam Bridges moved to reassure residents following a spate of anti-social behaviour in the village.

She said: “Recent warm sunny weather was always likely to bring with it some issues of anti-social behaviour, especially in our more picturesque rural communities.

“We have previously issued dispersal orders for areas most impacted by disorder.

“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.”

The move came after residents raised concerns about anti-social behaviour.

Coun. Karen Quinn, who represents the village on Northumberland County Council, believed the police had done the right thing.

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

“There were to be police patrolling Wylam. There have been incidents every night.

“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.”