Dozens targeted in operation on troublemakers

Nuisance neighbours were given a wake-up call this week in a bid to get them to improve their behaviour or risk losing their homes.

Early morning visits were carried out across the borough on Tuesday and Wednesday in a joint initiative by North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

A total of 32 households in North Shields, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats, Meadowell and Shiremoor were visited by the council’s safer estates team and officers from North Tyneside Area Command.

Operation Respect saw homeowners and tenants receive last chance warnings or told eviction proceedings had begun.

Offences included drunk and disorderly, theft, criminal damage, breach of the peace, drug offences, threatening behaviour, intimidation and shoplifting.

Safer Estates manager Colin Boxshall said: “Operation Respect sends a clear message that crime and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

“As a council, we take prompt and appropriate action against such issues, and through our management of these cases, we work to protect and support victims and witnesses.

“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.”

In the last two weeks, 48 households have been visited as part of the operation.

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said: “Operation Respect is running in line with Northumbria Police’s ‘Report it to sort it’ campaign – an initiative to encourage people to report anti-social behaviour.

“By running the operations together, it strengthens our message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. We are cracking down on those who commit anti-social behaviour and associated crime.

“Officers and the council will be taking action on those who commit offences such as theft, criminal damage, drug and alcohol-related offences and threatening or nuisance behaviour.

“Anyone with any concerns of anti-social behaviour can contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird added: “It is extremely positive to see agencies working together to tackle anti-social behaviour, which can seriously affect people’s quality of life in their communities.

“I am committed to doing all we can to drive down anti-social behaviour – the minority whose behaviour causes concerns or distress to others can expect to face the consequences – not just from police, but also local authorities and partner agencies.”

During the visits, those who are homeowners received legal action notices and five council tenants received notices of seeking possession. Other tenants were warned that their tenancies will be at risk and other future action could include Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions, if further complaints are received.

Those in private rented accommodation were told that the council will help their landlord to evict them, if their behaviour does not improve.

As well as speaking to perpetrators, officers delivered letters to neighbouring residents advising them of the action and encouraging them to report any further anti-social behaviour they witness.