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Tough police action leads to fall of ASB in Newcastle's west end

16 Feb 2018 11:00 AM

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Tough action from neighbourhood police has led to a sharp fall in reports of anti-social behaviour in the west end of Newcastle.

Officers from the Newcastle West NPT were quick to take action after residents in the Arthur's Hill area of the city complained of persistent disorder.

Local communities were concerned that teenage children had been intimidating residents, congregating in large groups and causing criminal damage.

In a bid to reduce incidents, neighbourhood cops stepped up patrols and paid visits to local schools to talk about the consequences of this type of behaviour.

And they also worked with partners at Newcastle City Council and Places for People to engage with occupants of some addresses linked to disorder.

One family was evicted from an address on Avison Court following a multi-agency investigation led by Places for People.

And now Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison has revealed that the proactive work has led to “a significant reduction” in incidents of anti-social behaviour in Arthur's Hill.

He said: "We recognised that there was an issue with anti-social behaviour in Arthur's Hill and wanted to make sure we addressed that as quickly as possible.

"This type of offending may seem low-level to some but it can have a huge effect on local residents who sometimes are too scared to leave their homes.

"That is not something that is acceptable in our region and we are glad that our proactive approach has had a positive impact and led to a significant reduction in issues of anti-social behaviour.

"I want to thank the local authority and Places for People for the work they have done to reduce criminality in the area.

"We can still do more though and will be keeping up this proactive approach to further clampdown on anti-social behaviour in the west end."

Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Regulatory Services, Cllr Nick Kemp, said: "With our partners, we are committed to ensure residents feel safe and secure in their neighbourhood.

"This was a brilliant example of partnership working to respond to residents’ concerns and demonstrates that we are listening."

A Places for People spokesperson said: "As a company our mission is to provide homes and communities where residents feel happy and safe.

"We take anti-social behaviour very seriously, and where there may be instances of this we will work with the relevant agencies to ensure it does not continue."

Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour to police should call 101 or report it online at www.northumbira.police.uk/contact