EXTRA police patrols are helping tackle problem behaviour in an area of North Shields.
Officers from the North Shields neighbourhood policing team have stepped up patrols in the area of Lynn Estate to its Westminster Avenue boundary following concerns by residents about youths setting fire to grassland.
Police and the fire service have responded to a number of incidents in recent weeks, and although no one has been injured, the fires have left the area looking run down.
Inspector Geoff Cross said: “These type of incidents are not acceptable in our communities and could easily lead to people being hurt and property being damaged.
“This is why officers are targeting this area for extra attention.
“Officers have identified several people suspected of being involved and enquiries are continuing.
“Police work closely with North Tyneside Council’s safer estates team and want to remind people that their homes are at risk if they are caught offending.”
Police and council staff will be taking further action against those responsible, making home visits and will also seek Anti-Social Behaviour Agreements in a bid to curb this behaviour.
The council’s safer estate officers have served legal action notices on 13 residents identified as causing problems in the North Shields area.
Council tenants, and those living in private rented accommodation, have been warned their homes are at risk if further complaints are received about their behaviour, members of their household, or visitors.
Offences include nuisance and intimidation, affray and criminal damage.
The joint visits were made to homes in Cragside Avenue, Greenlea, Alwinton Avenue, Whitehouse Lane, Taunton Avenue, Guisborough Drive, Barrasford Street, St Stephens Way, and Burt Avenue.
A further eight youths have been called to sign Acceptable Behaviour Agreements.
Colin Boxshall, safer estates manager, said: “This is the latest in a series of joint operations with the policing team.
“Anti-social behaviour in North Shields continues to reduce and, a result, there is a greater demand for properties when vacancies occur and fewer people are wanting to move away from the area.
“Everyone is entitled to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home and neighbourhood and we will take whatever action that is necessary to make that happen.”
Anyone with any concerns about crime or disorder where they live should contact their neighbourhood policing team on 03456 043043 ext 69191.