Early morning wake-up call for nuisance neighbours

Nuisance neighbours were given an early morning wake-up call as part of an operation cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017, 9:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:37 am
Northumbria Police and North Tyneside Council issue warnings to nuisance residents in North Shields as part of Operation Respect.

Officers from North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police visited homes in Balkwell, Meadowell, New York, Percy Main, Chirton Grange, Moor Park and North Shields town centre last Wednesday morning.

The action was part of Operation Respect – a joint initiative between the local authority’s community and public spaces protection team and North Tyneside Area Command.

Residents were given last-chance warnings or told that eviction proceedings had begun on their homes.

Offences included theft, criminal damage, breach of the peace, drug offences, threatening behaviour, racial abuse, intimidation, aggravated burglary, affray and shoplifting.

Colin Boxshall, manager of the community and public spaces protection team, said: “Fortunately anti-social behaviour in North Tyneside is not widespread but where it does occur it can have an enormous impact on people’s lives.

“Our management of anti-social behaviour cases demonstrates a clear focus on protecting people from harm and on supporting victims and witnesses.

“People risk losing their home or face being excluded from entering housing estates if they continue to engage in crime or anti-social behaviour after receiving a warning.”

He added: “There are no hiding places for perpetrators.”

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

Other tenants visited were warned that their tenancies will be at risk and other future action could include community protection notices, and anti-social behaviour Injunctions, if further complaints are received.

And those in private rented accommodation were told that the council will help their landlord to evict them if their behaviour did not improve.

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

Neighbourhood Acting Inspector Guy Morgan said: “Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) is an issue that Northumbria Police takes very seriously due to the major impact it can have on individuals and communities.

“Working with the Community Protection Team, North Tyneside Council and other partners we aim to protect our communities.

“Operation Respect allows us to proactively deal with tenants who cause problems within the community.

“Tenants need to realise the impact of their behaviour on others and understand that they could risk losing their homes if they act in an anti-social way.

“The joint visits we carried out should serve as a warning that we will take swift action against anyone who continues to engage in ASB.

“If you have any concerns about crime and disorder where you live, please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.”