Team make shortlist for top award

A COUNCIL team helping to reduce anti-social behaviour in the borough has received more national praise.

North Tyneside Council’s Safer Estates Team and the lawyer who supports them, Peter Rowbottom, are both finalists in this year’s Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group’s (SLCNG) Awards.

The team is shortlisted following a joint initiative with Northumbria Police to tackle disorder in Howdon while Mr Rowbottom is shortlisted for the Tim Winter award, which recognises someone who has gone the extra mile and tackled anti-social behaviour.

The winners will be announced at the SLCNG’s Annual ASB Conference and Exhibition on November 1.

Coun Glynis Barrie, cabinet member with responsibility for safer communities, said: “The council’s work to tackle anti-social behaviour already has a national reputation.

“I would like to congratulate our team on being shortlisted for these two awards – it is richly deserved.”

In September last year, the Safer Estates Team and Northumbria Police developed a strategy to tackle youths who were responsible for anti-social behaviour in the Howdon area.

Action taken included introducing acceptable behaviour agreements, anti-social behaviour injunctions (ASBIs) and serving their parents with notices of seeking possession in relation to their tenancies.

Although the project is still ongoing, the number of offences has dramatically decreased.

Mr Rowbottom is shortlisted for his work with the team over three years, which has led to the council securing 38 ASBIs and 12 possession orders.

Other achievements include facilitating awareness training for more than 200 police officers to reinforce how officers can support the council in civil actions; meeting local policing teams to plan joint initiatives; meeting and reassuring witnesses prior to court hearings.

Colin Boxshall, safer estates manager, said: “Peter is truly inspirational.

“His commitment, innovation and creativity, and the use of his legal toolbox has contributed to a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour and an increase in community confidence.”