Last stop for troublesome travellors

A total of 12 households in the borough received a visit at 7am last Tuesday from officials at North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police.

Their offences include engaging in anti-social behaviour and causing distress to other passengers both in Metro stations and on trains.

The visits were part of Operation Respect, a joint initiative involving the council’s safer estates team and North Tyneside Area Command, joined by Metro officers.

Safer Estates manager Colin Boxshall said: “No one should feel frightened or intimidated using public transport, or in fact anywhere in our borough, and we take swift and appropriate action against those who cause such distress.

“We continue to work with our partners to eradicate such issues and I am pleased these visits were so successful.”

During the visits, those who are council tenants were warned they risk losing their homes and people living in privately rented accommodation were told the council team would support their landlord in taking action against them.

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said: “Anti-social behaviour is an issue that Northumbria Police take extremely seriously due to the huge impact it can have on individuals and communities.”

Perpetrators, who already risk being excluded from the Metro and criminal prosecution, were informed they could also be excluded from entering the estates where the Metro station is located.

Sharon Kelly, director of operations and customer services at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, said: “The safety of our passengers is of the upmost importance to us and people who cause distress or abuse others on our trains or at our stations will not be tolerated.

“We are pleased to be part of this new initiative which looks to improve passenger safety and look forward to working together with the council’s safer estates team and North Tyneside Area Command.”