Teenagers have been fined for breaching coronavirus restrictions in South Tyneside by gathering in large groups.
Police have received reports of disorder involving groups of youths breaching Covid regulations by congregating in and around Hebburn town centre and throwing eggs at passing cars and at buildings.
Officers were called to disperse crowds on Thursday night and issued five fines.
They say increased patrols will continue into the weekend and a 48-hour dispersal notice has also been put in place, starting on Friday at 4pm.
The notice gives officers the power to remove anyone from the area if they are causing anti-social behaviour and anyone who returns within the dispersal period will then be arrested as refusal to comply is a criminal offence.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Peter Mcready, of Northumbria Police, said: “We were made aware of pockets of disorder last night and an investigation is ongoing into the incidents.
“We have already identified a number of individuals believed to have been involved and have spoken to some of them, as well as their parents and have issued fines for breaches to the Covid regulations.
“Over the next few days, we will be making contact with other young people who we suspect were involved in causing anti-social behaviour and increased patrols will be carried out to reassure our communities that we take this type of incident seriously and to reinforce the importance of following the Government guidelines in place to keep us all safe at this time.
“The message is simple – we do not tolerate anti-social behaviour, and we are working hand-in-hand with our partners to ensure anybody who brings misery to our communities is dealt with appropriately.
“Anyone who does get involved in disorder and ignores dispersal orders could face criminal action and the prospect of spending time in police custody.”