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Problem property shut down after joint operation between police and the council
14 Aug | 13:57

A residential house that was at the centre of an investigation into anti-social behaviour and drug use has been shut down by police and the council.

The tenant of the property in Byker has been evicted after authorities were successful in securing a closure order at court on Friday.

In recent months police had received numerous complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour and suspicious activity at the address on Shipley Rise.

In July, officers from the neighbourhood policing team executed a warrant at the property and seized a small amount of Class A drugs.

The occupant was summonsed to court but police spoke to Newcastle City Council about how they could use civil legislation to prevent further anti-social behaviour.

They applied for a closure order on the property that would see the tenant evicted and moved to a different area. The order was granted by magistrates in Newcastle on Friday.

Now Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PC Scott Jamieson, has thanked the local community for their support and said it showed the value of partnership working.

He said: "We will always respond to the concerns of our local community and where it is appropriate we will pursue a criminal prosecution.

"However, there are often other more effective ways for us to improve the lives of residents while reducing disorder and anti-social behaviour.

"This particular property is believed to be linked to drug dealing and as a result has become a hub for anti-social behaviour.

"It has made life a misery for residents in the area who have been reporting their concerns to police and so I am glad we have been able to take action.

"We would not have been able to secure this closure order if it was not for their support and so this shows the value in reporting concerns to police.

"It shows how effective working with partners can be and I want to thank both the city council and the Byker Community Trust for their support."

Cllr Clare Penny-Evans, cabinet member for communities at Newcastle City Council, said “ As a local authority we work hard to ensure that our local communities across Newcastle are safe and that our residents feel secure in their homes.

“Working successfully with partners including Northumbria Police on cases such as this shows the positive impact we can have in communities across the city and shows our residents that their safety is our priority.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness said: "Tackling ASB is a priority for me and I’m pleased that Northumbria Police and partners continue to effectively deal with this issue.

“I have a local authority background and have seen first-hand positive changes when we work together to sort ASB.

"The best solution may not always be through a criminal court and this shows our officers are not afraid to use all the legislation at their disposal.

"I hope this can have a positive impact on the local community and shows residents in Byker, and across the Force area, that we are fighting their corner."

The closure order, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, was heard before a judge at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Friday (August 9).

It prevents anyone from entering the property, for a set period of time, except from employees and agents of the landlord, members of the council or the emergency services.

The 64-year-old occupant of the property has also been summonsed to court for possession of a Class A drug and will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates Court at a future date.

Any breach of the order could lead to a criminal prosecution that would see a possible prison sentence or fine upon a successful conviction.

Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour or suspicious activity can do so by calling 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You can also report information online by visiting the Northumbria Police website.

 

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