Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Show Respect; TENANTS SERVED NOTICE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Show Respect; TENANTS SERVED NOTICE

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

A TOWN'S most troublesome tenants have been warned to shape up or ship out.

Police in Wallsend have this week targeted five of the town's worst residents for anti-social behaviour and crime.

Officers identified a handful of homes whose tenants and their families cause misery to their law-abiding neighbours.

Police and council officials gave the nuisance neighbours an early-morning wake-up call, serving them with legal notices warning them to mend their ways or face eviction.

Officers banged on two doors in Charlotte Street, two in Northumberland Street, and one in Durham Street, as part of Operation Respect.

A joint initiative between Northumbria Police's Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team, and North Tyneside Council's Housing Patch Team and Safer Estates Team, officers gathered intelligence from members of the public.

They identified five families' whose neighbours have repeatedly complained they are responsible for excess noise, anti-social drinking, loud swearing and minor crimes such as criminal damage.

They have been warned that any more complaints would result in their eviction.

Wallsend's Community Beat Manager, John Tierney, said: "We are targeting the tenants responsible for most of the anti-social behaviour in the area. It could be the main occupiers of the house, their children, or associates that visit or stay over who are causing the problems.

"History shows if we target these individuals we can make a really big difference to the lives of law-abiding residents."

The warnings were followed by a community cleanup.

Council staff moved in midmorning to sweep the roads and remove graffiti.

Brooms and plastic gloves were also provided for any residents who wanted to help. This was followed by highvisibility patrols by police and council anti-social behaviour officers. …

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