A supermarket chain has drafted in a CCTV van to a Teesside store check out potential troublemakers.
Morrisons at Berwick Hills has been using a hi-tech “mobile CCTV unit”, which is usually based in West Yorkshire, to keep tabs on people outside the popular store.
The van, with yellow and blue markings, has logos for Morrisons and West Yorkshire Police on the side.
It also carries the message: “Morrisons working in partnership with your local police to keep our communities safe.”
The van was spotted in action earlier this week.
It follows an incident last week when a security guard was involved in an altercation with youths.
Cleveland Police confirmed an incident had taken place but said the CCTV van was purely a Morrisons initiative.
A spokeswoman said: “We are aware that Morrisons has had a CCTV van at their Berwick Hills store recently to provide reassurance to shoppers and store staff and to deter those who would commit crime or antisocial behaviour in and around the shop.
“Officers were called to this store at 7.40pm on Monday 26 November where it was reported a large group of young people were behaving in an antisocial manner.
“When they were prevented from re-entering the store by a security guard he was assaulted, suffering minor injuries. On police arrival, the youths had left the area however inquiries into the theft and common assault which were reported are on-going.”
A spokesman for Morrisons, which is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, confirmed the van was usually sent out after requests from individual stores.
Saying it wouldn’t be a “permanent fixture” at Berwick Hills, she added: “It is usually despatched in response to an incident where stores have asked for increased surveillance and assistance.”