Police are reportedly blaming MTV's new reality series Geordie Shore for an increase in crime in the North East. According to the Daily Star, the reality series, which started in May, has caused "rowdy stag and hen parties" to flock to the city this summer, creating chaos for locals.
The show, a spin off from the American programme Jersey Shore, follows the lives of eight “sex-obsessed” friends, has become one of MTV's biggest hits in years with more than 400,000 viewers watching the finale last month.
The British Transport Police however claim that the series has caused problems in the area.
Sgt Stephanie Reynolds told the tabloid today: “Passengers have reported problems from large groups on trains.
“Anti-social behaviour and over-indulging in alcohol will not be tolerated on the rail network.”
Inspector Dave Balmer of Northumbria Police added: “There is a small percentage of people who get involved in disorder and those are the ones we target.
“Our message is clear: Come and have fun, but stay safe and stay out of trouble.”
An MTV spokesman commented: “We are aware of this but have no comment.”