Extra police officers will be on patrol in Kingswood tonight after a reported spike in antisocial social behaviour involving gangs of youths.

The move was revealed during a police briefing at this morning's Hull City Council Foredyke area committee.

Speaking at the meeting, Councillor Mark Bisbey said he had seen recently some of the anti-social behaviour at first hand after coming across one of the gangs.

He said: "It was really concerning, just the unruliness of them all was the thing that struck me most.

"There was a complete and utter disrespect for anyone and anything. It's a real concern because these groups seem to be so unruly."

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Councillor Mark Bisbey

Sergeant Stephen Hepworth, from the North Carr neighbourhood policing team, said extra patrols were being planned tonight both in the Village Green area of Kingswood and outside a parade of shops in nearby Biggin Avenue in north Bransholme.

He said a recent surge in complaints about antisocial behaviour by large groups of youths had been reported at both locations.

"There was spike in July with reports about youths causing trouble in Kingswood, specifically around the Village Green and the park.

"We did a lot of work as a result after that to identify the youths who were causing problems and that seemed to work.

"However, in the last couple of days we have received more reports of youths causing problems in the same areas so tonight we are stepping up patrols in those areas and that will carry on for the next few nights."

He said the crackdown carried out earlier this summer had revealed most of the youngsters involved were from Kingswood itself with some coming from the Howdale Road area near Sutton.

He also warned that any youngster caught carrying out antisocial behaviour would be detained and taken home by officers.

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The shopping parade in Biggin Avenue

"If we do end up taking anyone to their home address because of antisocial behaviour issues, we generally get good support from the parents."

He said any young person involved in a criminal act would be subjected to a formal police interview.

Sgt Hepworth told the meeting that while anti-social behaviour was a current concern, there had not been a corresponding increase in crime in the area in recent weeks.