Stockton pubs are suffering a tirade of yobbish behaviour – which bosses say threatens to drive away business.
Landlords have spoken out against youths who they say have damaged property, stolen toilet rolls and sworn at customers.
CCTV shared by one pub owner shows a group of young people approach The Don Bar, on Silver Street, Stockton . The landlord says the pests then damage one of the establishment’s 16 security cameras.
A boy in a light coloured tracksuit appears to climb over a set of railings and before the camera is knocked.
It will cost around £150 to replace.
Julie Cooper, owner of The Don Bar, said: “I’m so angry. It’s a hard enough job putting up with people who have had a drink.
“We don’t need to be looking after other people’s kids too. It’s not a play area.
“This is my home and I’m not putting up with it. People need to respect the place.”
Wet paper towels have also been thrown at the windows and inside The Don Bar’s corridors, which bear memorabilia commemorating fallen soldiers from the two World Wars.
And it’s not just a problem at Julie’s pub.
Other Stockton stalwarts, The Royal Oak and The Green Dragon, have suffered abuse and vandalism.
One seemingly popular sport is for kids to pretend to need to use the toilets, then apparently purposefully block the cisterns.
David Simpson, manager at the Green Dragon pub, said: “It’s a nightmare.
“They come through the courtyard on bikes and jump over the benches. It’s horrible.
“They are only kids so there isn’t much we can do.
“They open the door to the pub and are shouting at our customers.”
And similar problems are occurring at the nearby Royal Oak pub, on Stockton High Street.
The Royal Oak (Image: Google)
One of its managers, Lindsay Robinson, said: “A group of young boys, around 16 or 17 years old, took toilet roll from the boys’ toilets.
“One day a car outside the pub was covered in toilet roll. Another time, wet paper towels were thrown at a bus.
“It seems to be every Thursday. They wreck the joint.
“They targeted the car which was parked outside and belonged to a customer, then they targeted the buses that drove past.”
These youngsters have also been caught on The Royal Oak’s CCTV cameras, and posters bearing their faces are now up around the pub reminding customers to be vigilant.
“We’ve put pictures of their faces around the pub so we can keep an eye out,” she said.
“One of our regulars noticed them when they came in on Saturday.”
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman confirmed the force received a report of vandalism on February 2 at The Don Bar and inquiries are ongoing.