Early morning warning call for problem tenants

Colin Boxshall and the North Tyneside Council Safer Estates team with Northumbria Police visited 22 addresses in the Wallsend area to issue last chance warnings to tenants as part of Operation Respect.

Colin Boxshall and the North Tyneside Council Safer Estates team with Northumbria Police visited 22 addresses in the Wallsend area to issue last chance warnings to tenants as part of Operation Respect.

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Troublesome tenants in Wallsend were given early morning wake-up calls on Wednesday by officers from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police.

Operation Respect, a joint initiative between the local authority’s safer estates team and the police, is targeting crime and anti-social behaviour in North Tyneside.

And on Wednesday, 22 properties in the town which officials say are associated with such issues were given last chance warnings or told legal proceedings had begun.

Since the operation began in 2007, 1,200 properties in the borough have received such visits.

Offences have included alcohol-fuelled disorder, theft, criminal damage, breach of the peace, drug offences, threatening behaviour, intimidation, noise nuisance and shoplifting.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are committed to ensuring North Tyneside is a safe and enjoyable place to live and we will not allow the minority to spoil it.

“Everyone should feel safe and happy in their homes and neighbourhoods, and we will take necessary and prompt action to protect that right.

“I am pleased this morning’s operation was successful and sent a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in this borough.”

During the visits, those who are homeowners received legal action notices and two council tenants received notices of seeking possession.

Other tenants who received calls were warned that their tenancies will be at risk and future action could include anti-social behaviour injunctions, if further complaints are received.

And those in privately rented accommodation were told that the local authority will help their landlord to evict them, if their behaviour did not improve.

Among the 16 people spoken to, eight were asked to sign acceptable behaviour agreements.

Inspector Neil Armsworth, of Wallsend neighbourhood policing team, said: “Northumbria Police is committed to addressing the issues that are affecting our communities, be it crime or anti-social behaviour related.

“Behaviour of this description is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

“We will continue to work together with partners in North Tyneside Council to take enforcement action against anyone whose behaviour is having a detrimental affect on the community.

“The force has the ‘Report it to sort it’ campaign, which encourages people to report anti-social behaviour to police and partners.”