Police and partners tackle burglary

14 Mar 2016 12:31 PM

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Police and partners take action against active burglars in North Tyneside.

Offenders who are arrested for burglary in the borough could face eviction from their home as well as a stint behind bars as Police and North Tyneside Council's Safer Estates Team Officers crackdown on active criminals operating in the area.

When a council or private tenant is arrested for burglary they will now be issued with a warning letter and a visit from police and Safer Estates officers to let them know that their tenancy is at risk if they commit any further offences.

If the offender is convicted or arrested again police and the council will take their own legal action which will see a Civil Injunction placed upon the offender as well as an eviction order from their home.

The Council will also apply for an order from the courts to exclude the offender from certain areas of North Tyneside or ban them from entering the borough all together.

Northern Area Command Chief Inspector, Nicola Musgrove, said: "Burglary is a key priority for us as we know the harm it causes in our communities and the impact it has on victims.

"Burglary is a horrible, devastating crime and we are committed to working with our partners at Safer Estates to improve quality of life for residents and make North Tyneside an even safer place to live and work.

"We are the first borough in Northumbria to use this new tenancy enforcement which should act as a deterrent to burglars and send a clear message to offenders that we will target them and won't stop until they are off our streets."

North Tyneside Council's Safer Estates manager, Colin Boxhall, said: "North Tyneside is a great and safe place to live, and we work hard to ensure it stays that way.

"We are committed to working closely with our partners to protect our communities from crime and anti-social behaviour, and we take a zero tolerance approach to burglary.

"The council has a reputation for taking appropriate, prompt and robust action, and this latest work with the police should further reassure residents that we will not tolerate crime in North Tyneside."

Anyone who has concerns or would like to share information about suspicious people or activity in their area is asked to contact their neighbourhood team on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.

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