WORK tackling drug-dealing in the borough has helped land a local authority team a top national award.
North Tyneside Council’s safer estates team were presented with a commendation during the annual Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Groups (SLCNG) conference in Birmingham.
The authority was praised for successfully obtaining anti-social behaviour injunctions against four men convicted for their part in supplying large amounts of cocaine in North Tyneside, which saw police recover more than £500,000 of drugs and cash.
Colin Boxshall, safer estates manager, said: “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious national award.
“Dealing in drugs is not wide spread in North Tyneside, but where it does occur it can destroy people’s lives and wreck communities.
“The council’s management of anti-social behaviour cases demonstrates a clear focus on protecting people from harm.
“We are committed to taking swift action to protect communities and adopt a supportive approach to working with victims and witnesses.”
Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Orchard, of Northumbria Police’s serious and organised crime unit, added: “We’re pleased these efforts to obtain anti-social behaviour injunctions against men convicted of serious drugs offences has resulted in a national award.
“People who take part in the illegal drugs trade should be aware that they must bear the full responsibility for their actions.”
The council is seeking ASBIs against the other 19 men also convicted nearer to their prison release dates.