Ant-social behaviour in a Northumberland town has been targeted by police.
Officers in Morpeth worked with residents to tackle issues they were facing.
One couple were given an injunction preventing them from entering a housing complex after they targeted a man living there. The man and woman encouraged the man to drink to excess and took financial advantage of him.
Reports were made to the police and the housing provider, Isos Housing, who identified the couple who had also been causing a nuisance and disturbance in the quiet residential area.
Morpeth’s Neighbourhood Policing Team worked with the man’s care worker and Isos Housing to gather evidence to apply for an injunction against the couple.
A power of arrest exists for breach of the injunction.
Meanwhile a village shop owner who experienced problems in and around his property was helped by his local neighbourhood beat manager.
Morpeth neighbourhood officer PC Paul Dent attended a call to the shop where he identified youths involved in the disorder.
He then spoke to them all in front of their parents.
Two of the youths had previously been warned in relation to their behaviour at the shop two months earlier.
Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “These are exactly the kind of anti-social behaviour problems people can face in their communities which can severely affect their quality of life.
“It is positive to see police and partners working together to take strong action against those responsible.
“I hope this encourages more people to come forward and report anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods.”
The operation was part of the force-wide ‘Report it to sort it’ campaign. To report anti-social behaviour in your area, contact police on 101.