Neighbours from hell have been warned to mend their ways or lose their homes. Over the last two days more than 30 households across North Tyneside linked to crime and anti-social behaviour, have been woken with the news they could face eviction.
Police and council officers served troublesome tenants with legal notices warning them they have one last chance before being kicked out.
And at one home in North Shields a man was served with a notice informing him steps are going to be taken to have him evicted.
He faces losing the roof over his head after a cannabis farm was allegedly found at his home on Stamfordham Avenue in April.
The early-morning knocks took place as part of Operation Respect, a joint initiative between North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police aiming to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.
North Tyneside Council’s safer estates manager Colin Boxshall said: “Operation Respect sends a clear message that crime and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in North Tyneside.
“As a council, we take prompt and appropriate action against such issues, and through our management of these cases, we work to protect and support victims and witnesses.
“We are committed to ensuring North Tyneside is a safe and enjoyable place to live and we will not allow the minority to spoil it.”
At 7am on Tuesday, 13 houses in North Shields were visited. Then yesterday officers from Northumbria Police’s Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team joined council officials as they confronted tenants at a dozen more homes.
Offences linked to the homes include drunk and disorderly, theft, criminal damage, breach of the peace, drug offences, threatening behaviour, intimidation and shoplifting.
North Tyneside Chief Insp Jamie Pitt said: “Operation Respect is running in line with Northumbria Police's 'Report it to sort it' campaign – an initiative to encourage people to report anti-social behaviour.
“By running the operations together, it strengthens our message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. We are cracking down on those who commit anti-social behaviour and associated crime.
“Officers and the council will be taking action on those who commit offences such as theft, criminal damage, drug and alcohol-related offences and threatening or nuisance behaviour.”
While officials spoke to tenants, Police Community Support Officers delivered letters to neighbouring residents advising them of the joint action and encouraging them to report any further anti-social behaviour they witness.