NUISANCE neighbours were given an alarm call with a difference on Tuesday during early morning visits from police and council workers.
As part of Operation Respect, 11 households, all associated with crime and anti-social behaviour, received last chance warnings by North Tyneside Council’s Safer Estates team and police or were told eviction proceedings had begun.
Colin Boxshall, Safer Estates manager for North Tyneside Council, said: “We are committed to taking swift action to protect communities and support victims and witnesses.
“People who continue to engage in anti-social behaviour after receiving a warning risk losing their homes.”
Inspector Jim Gray, of Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team, added: “We take anti-social behaviour very seriously as we know it is an issue which can blight communities.
“Operation Respect is a tried and tested method of dealing with nuisance neighbours. It’s important that tenants realise the effect their behaviour has and understand that their behaviour has consequences.
“If they don’t mend their ways and change their behaviour then they could lose their home.”
The homes visited were in Otterburn Court, Beadnell Gardens, Valehead, Warkworth Avenue, Burnside Road, Dowling Avenue, Kirkland Walk, and Castle Square, where two council tenants received notices of seeking possession, homeowners received legal action notices warning that the council will seek an injunction if further complaints are received.
Those in private rented accommodation were told that the council will help their landlord to evict them if their behaviour did not improve.
Five of those visited were also called to sign Acceptable Behaviour Agreements.