Warnings given to residents

TROUBLEMAKERS in Longbenton have been told to improve their behaviour or risk losing their homes.

A total of 22 households associated with crime and anti-social behaviour were given last chance warnings or told eviction proceedings had begun.

The early morning visits, part of Operation Respect, were carried out by North Tyneside Council’s safer estates and housing teams as well as Northumbria Police, last Wednesday.

Colin Boxshall, safer estates manager at the council, said: “These joint operations with the police are making a big difference within communities.

“They increase residents’ confidence in our ability to take effective action against the minority who make other peoples lives a misery.

“People who continue to commit offences after receiving a warning risk losing their homes.”

Inspector John Smith, of Killingworth neighbourhood policing team, said: “These visits will serve as a wake up call for some residents to improve their behaviour or to look for a new home.

“Anti-social behaviour has a negative impact on the quality of life of residents and is unacceptable.

“This positive action in Longbenton will help to improve the quality of life for people living in this community and send out the message that anti-social behaviour has consequences.”

The homes visited were in Bardsey Place, Stonechat Place, Ringwood Green, Bishop Rock Drive, Lutterworth Road, Kestrel Place, Widnes Place, Wheatfield Grove, Rushall Place, The Byeways, Rowanberry Road, Lythe Way, Maybury Villas, and Camsey Close.

A total of 12 people were council tenants, six in private rented accommodation and four in own their home – with 16 signing acceptable behaviour agreements.

Offences include drug dealing, drunk and disorderly, theft, criminal damage, breach of the peace, and intimidation.

Seven council tenants received notices of seeking possession while others were warned their tenancies will be at risk if further complaints are received.