Warning goes out to tenants

Crime and anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay is continuing to be targeted.

Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team and North Tyneside Council’s safer estates team have been visiting tenants suspected of being involved in crime and ASB as part of Operation Respect.

Three tenants received a notice seeking possession while others were warned and could face further action if further complaints are made.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: “We’re committed to addressing issues affecting our communities.

“By running the operations together, with partners in North Tyneside Council, it strengthens our message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Safer estates manager Colin Boxshall said: “The joint operations with the police are proving to be very effective and are making a difference to our communities.

“North Tyneside is a wonderful place to live, work and visit and we will not allow a minority to spoil it.”

He added: “No one should feel frightened or intimidated using public transport, or at any location anywhere in our borough, and we take swift action against those who cause such problems.”

Police are also tackling shoplifters who regularly target shops in the town.

Insp Gray added: “We’re also working with shop security staff and through the town’s Shopwatch scheme we’re able to share information about known thieves in continued efforts to prevent offences from taking place.

“When shoplifting offences do occur we’re taking action and thieves should be aware the likelihood is they will get caught, if not instantly then their CCTV images will be released to the public to help us identify them.

“We hope that this action taken with our partners will be a reminder to residents that retail crime and ASB in the town centre of Whitley Bay will not be tolerated and positive action will be taken against anyone causing a problem.”

Anyone with any concerns of anti-social behaviour can contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.