Police looking for up to 30 youths following reports of two large scale fights

Cleveland Police are currently searching for a group of youths following reports of large-scale fights in Middlesbrough. A statement on the force’s Facebook page stated that officers have received a number of calls on Friday night regarding large groups of youths gathering in Beverley Road and Saltersgill Avenue, aswell as other areas of Middlesbrough. Reports suggest that up to 30 youths have been gathering, and on two occasions large scale fights have broken out.

Officers are out looking for these youths and Cleveland Police stated: “Anyone identified will be spoken to with their parents, and their parents may be issued a fine for breach of COVID regulations. “If your child is out meeting others in large groups tonight, please contact them and ensure that they adhere to the Government guidelines.” The Friday night incidents come after Middlesbrough Council and Cleveland Police issued a warning to parents to know where their children are, or else they could face a hefty GBP200 fine.

Numerous disruptions had been caused near Middlesbrough ‘s Trimdon Avenue shops, including an air rifle being fired and the throwing of missiles. Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “This sort of behaviour is inconsiderate, selfish and reckless and we won’t tolerate it. “I am fully behind local residents who will expect the strongest action to be taken against the main culprits.

“Somebody could have been killed last weekend. “Nationally in coming weeks I expect we’ll see an increase in anti-social behaviour as lockdown restrictions gradually ease. “I’d urge parents in Middlesbrough to think carefully about where their kids are, and whether letting them run riot is worth a hefty fine or worse.

“Our CCTV network is getting results and helping police identify those that ruin things for decent people.

“We’re not going to stand for it in Middlesbrough.”

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