Warning to nightmare neighbours

TROUBLESOME tenants in Wallsend have been given final warnings to mend their ways or face eviction.

Ten troublemakers in Howdon and Battle Hill were urged to improve their behaviour during visits by North Tyneside Council’s safer estates team and the police.

The visits were the latest in a series of Operation Respect initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Four of those visited were council tenants, five were in private rented accommodation and one is a home-owner.

Offences they have committed include affray, being drunk and disorderly, theft, criminal damage and intimidation.

The homes visited were in Hugh Street, Horsley View, Blackhill Avenue, Lindisfarne Place, Stead Street, St Peter’s Road and Boldon Close.

Two council tenants were served notices of possession, and the others visited were warned that their tenancies will be at risk if there are further complaints. They could also face anti-social behaviour injunctions and orders.

Colin Boxshall, the council’s safer estates manager, said: “We won’t hesitate to take action against those who make life a misery for others.

“These joint operations with the police are making a big difference within communities and increasing residents’ confidence in our ability to tackle the minority that are causing problems.

“People who continue to engage in anti-social behaviour after receiving a waning risk losing their homes.

Inspector David Guthrie, of Wallsend’s neighbourhood policing team, added: “We are continuing to deal firmly with tenants who cause problems for their neighbours.

“In this latest operation, we worked closely with the safer estates team to tackle tenants whose anti-social behaviour has led to complaints from other residents.

“It is important that tenants realise the effect their behaviour has.

“If they don’t mend their ways, they could lose their home. We hope this warning will make those individuals take note.”