Tenants told to behave themselves

A JOINT operation to tackle anti-social behaviour has been carried out in North Shields.

Officers from North Shields neighbourhood policing team joined forces with North Tyneside Council’s Safer Estates team to visit 15 homes in the town over two days.

Officers visited tenants at addresses in Howdon Road, Addison Street, Tynemouth Road, Whitby Street and Grey Street.

Residents were served with legal notices following incidents of disorder and anti-social behaviour.

They were told that legal action will follow if further complaints are received about their behaviour, possibly leading to eviction.

As part of the initiative, officers also searched a house in West Percy Street and seized £2,000 of what is believed to be heroin.

A 28-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and bailed pending further inquiries.

Sergeant Steve Nicholson, said: “Anti-social behaviour is an issue which needs to be dealt with appropriately, so it doesn’t blight communities. It is important that tenants realise the effect their behaviour has.

“If they don’t mend their ways and change their behaviour, then they could lose their home. We hope these visits will make those individuals take note.”

Colin Boxshall, safer estates manager at the council, added: “These joint operations with the police are making a big difference within communities and have increased residents’ confidence in our ability to effectively tackle anti-social behaviour.”

“People who continue to engage in anti-social behaviour after receiving a warning need to understand that they risk losing their homes.”

Neighbourhood officers are also gearing up for Operation Iron, to tackle crime and disorder, in North Shields Town centre in the run up to Christmas. Officers will be carrying out additional patrols in retail areas to reassure shoppers and prevent shop theft, as well as targeting handlers of stolen goods.

If anyone has any concerns about crime or disorder where they live, they should contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 03456 043043 ext 69191.