Wake up call for troublemakers

Council and police officers in early morning raids targeting nuisance neighbours in Wallsend.
Council and police officers in early morning raids targeting nuisance neighbours in Wallsend.

Early morning raids targeting nuisance neighbours in parts of Wallsend were carried out on Wednesday.

North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police teamed up for Operation Respect to target crime and anti-social behaviour.

A total of 16 people were either given last chance warnings or told eviction proceedings had begun following a range of offences including drunk and disorderly, theft, criminal damage, breach of the peace, drug offences, threatening behaviour, intimidation and shoplifting.

Colin Boxshall, the council’s safer estates manager, said: “As a council, we are committed to taking swift action to deal with issues of anti-social behaviour, ensuring North Tyneside is a safe and pleasant place to live.

“These joint operations with the police are proving to be very effective and are making a big difference to our communities.”

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

Other tenants visited were warned their tenancies will be at risk and other future action could include Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions and Orders.

Among the 16 people visited, eight were asked to sign Acceptable Behaviour Agreements.

Inspector Neil Armsworth, of the Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Northumbria Police is committed to addressing the issues that are affecting our communities.

“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will continue to work together with North Tyneside Council to take enforcement action against anyone whose behaviour is having a detrimental affect on the community.

“The Force has launched the ‘Report it to sort it’ campaign which encourages people to report anti-social behaviour to police and partners. I ask anyone who does have any issues with anti-social behaviour to contact the neighbourhood team on 101.”