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Officers have been called out to the address in South Shields on more than 40 occasions since 2019

A nightmare neighbour who made life a misery for his community has been evicted after police were called to his home 21 times in a single year.

The Old Post Office on Broughton Road in South Shields had gradually become a hive for anti-social behaviour, attracting drug users and many of the town’s transient community.

With local residents fed up with regular disturbances – often at unsociable hours - and concerned about the number of people residing at the property, police and South Tyneside Council teamed up to look closer at the issues.

Officers have been called out to the address on more than 40 separate occasions since January 2019, including 21 times last year alone for a range of alleged offences including anti-social behaviour, assault and criminal damage.

Wary of the problems escalating any further, police and the local authority held a series of meetings and issued an ultimatum to the landlord, warning a closure order was inevitable unless swift remedial action was taken.

Now, families are breathing a sigh of relief with the tenant having been relocated out of the area and the address subsequently secured.

PC Karl Peterson, of Northumbria Police, said: “We received a number of complaints about this address which resulted in regular callouts for our officers, often late at night.

“Quite often, neighbours complained about the sheer number of people coming and going from the address, the anti-social behaviour from those inside and the intimidating effect it was having on others in the community.

“Nobody should have to put up with anti-social behaviour, and frankly, the tenant has made life a misery for many families living nearby. That’s why we along with South Tyneside Council stepped in and have taken action.

“Together, we were able to meet with the private landlord on a number of occasions along with the tenant, and a decision was agreed to find alternative accommodation for the occupant to bring an immediate stop to the escalating problems.

“We are continuing to work with the landlord to ensure there are no similar problems in the future, and I’d like to thank the community for their support, patience and cooperation – we could not have secured this outcome without them working with us and reporting the problems to us directly.”

A spokesperson for South Tyneside Council added: “Anti-social behaviour can make people’s lives a misery and this tenant’s behaviour was having a real negative impact on neighbours.

“The council and South Tyneside Homes worked closely with the police to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and bring some respite to the local community, as well as securing accommodation for other people who had been staying at the address.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe and comfortable in their home and we will continue to use all the tools and powers available to us to tackle anti-social behaviour.”

Words: Northumbria Police


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