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Closure orders and warnings served across Gateshead

Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated – as these tenants across Gateshead found out when officers paid them a visit.

Officers executed a series of closure orders and warnings at properties across Blaydon, Crawcrook, Felling, Ryton, Whickham and Winlaton.

The action came after police received 83 reports of anti-social behaviour across Gateshead.

Addresses on Western Way in Blaydon, Rossdale in Crawcrook, Pattinson Gardens and Ridley Terrace in Felling, Whitewell Close in Ryton, Glebe Rise in Whickham and Whitewell Road in Winlaton were identified by officers as being linked to the activity.

After various warnings and advice to the tenants went unheeded, officers worked with the community and Gateshead Council to gather evidence and use civil legislation to put a stop to the disorder.  

One community protection notice was served while a further five warnings were issued by Gateshead West Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT).

Three closure notices were also served by Gateshead NPT at properties on Pattinson Gardens, Ridley Terrace and Lumley Gardens.

This means only emergency services and court employees will be allowed inside either home for the next three months.

Inspector Harninder Bola, of Northumbria Police, said: “Securing these orders was a fantastic outcome for these communities, and we would like to thank those affected for their patience and cooperation throughout this process.

“Closure orders provide us with an alternative route for us to address the concerns raised about problem tenants.

“Officers will continue to monitor these areas, and anyone found to breach these orders will face criminal repercussions and potential time behind bars.

“By working together with the community and our partners, we can ensure these areas remain a safe and pleasant place for all to live.”

A Gateshead Council spokesperson said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Northumbria Police in taking a hard stance on anti-social behaviour throughout Gateshead.

“Everyone has a right to feel safe and secure in their home, and the mindless actions of a minority can have a very negative impact on entire communities.

“Hopefully this recent action sends a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, and any perpetrators will face the consequences of their actions.”

Anyone who is concerned about anti-social behaviour or other criminality in their community is asked to report it to police via the ‘Report’ tool on the Northumbria Police website, or by calling 101.   

In an emergency, or if a crime is happening, always ring 999.

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