Peterlee Police give teens a chance to clean up their act after being arrested

Peterlee Police have given two teenagers a chance to clean up their act after they launched projectiles towards a police car.

Two teenagers who threw mud at a passing police van in Peterlee have been given the opportunity to ‘clean up’ their act.

The 16-year-olds, who wore balaclavas and scarpered after launching the projectiles, were arrested on Sunday night.

Hoping to curb their anti-social behaviour, they were enlisted to spend this afternoon washing police vehicles.

Inspector Emma Kay, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “The consequences of throwing things at moving vehicles can be far more serious than these two realise, which I’m sure they’ve had time to consider while washing the cars.

“This is an opportunity not only for the two young offenders to take ownership of their actions, but also for our officers to engage with them and steer them in a more productive direction.

“The parents have been very supportive of this decision and are grateful that their boys are willing to think twice before heading down a criminal route.

“They’ve even supplied toothbrushes to make sure every detail comes out gleaming.”