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Incident in Sedgefield Friday 4th May

Alert message sent 09/05/2018 13:43:00

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‘DO YOU know where your children are at night?’

That’s the question being asked of parents after two police officers were assaulted by a teenager in Sedgefield last week.

PCs John Seymour and Matt Plumb, and PCSO Lisa Hall, were assisting a drunk teenage girl on Friday evening (May 4) when they were obstructed by a group of youths who became increasingly aggressive towards the officers.

As a result, four teenagers were arrested for a number of offences, including assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, being drunk and disorderly, possession of cannabis and public order offences.

During the incident, PC Seymour was bitten on his hand while PC Plumb sustained injuries to his shoulder. Both required hospital treatment and ongoing medical attention.

Inspector Sarah Honeyman, from Sedgefield Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “Our officers do not come to work expecting to be assaulted – this behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“As local residents know, over the past few months youths have been gathering in the town in increasing numbers. Police have patrolled the town every weekend but we cannot tackle the issue alone and need the community and partners to work with us.”

Last month, a multi-agency meeting was held with local youth groups, schools, councillors and Durham County Council to discuss the issue. The meeting was told how police are using Dispersal Orders on a weekend - and have been for many months - to disperse groups of people whose presence or behaviour has resulted, or is likely to result, in a member of the public being harassed, intimidated, alarmed or distressed.

Insp Honeyman added: “In a time of limited police resources the team have had tremendous support from the Special Constabulary who have worked alongside us. We will continue with a visible police presence in the town in the coming weeks and taking a zero tolerance approach with those who behave in this appalling manner.

“The large police presence on Friday was owing to the unfolding incident and officers had travelled from further afield in the county to assist with the large number of youths. This was achieved quickly and without further incident.

“I appeal again to parents of these young people to speak with your sons and daughters about their behaviour and to ensure that they are not bringing alcohol to Sedgefield on a weekend.

“We will not tolerate drunkenness, abuse and damage and if found in a drunk state or in possession of alcohol, the parents of the youths will be held to account by police.”

PCSO Hall added: “Many of the parents we contact in relation to their child are not aware of their child being in Sedgefield and are very supportive. It is their belief their child is elsewhere, hence the surprise when police call or attend their address.

“Friday’s incident exemplified the commitment of officers within the Sedgefield Neighbourhood Police Team who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the town and will continue a zero tolerance approach in dealing with those who continue to behave inappropriately.”
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