Problem Home Closed Down
A problem home at the centre of constant anti-social behaviour and suspected criminal activity has been closed.
South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes, in partnership with Northumbria Police, secured a Closure Order on a property in Newmarket Walk, South Shields.
The order means that the tenant must leave, and no one is permitted to enter the flat for three months.
The property has been boarded up and anyone who tries to enter can be prosecuted.
South Tyneside Magistrates were provided with details of numerous incidents involving visitors to the property, making threats and causing damage, including a hammer being put through the front door.
They heard how on one occasion, the tenant was confronted on his doorstep by several people who threatened to 'put him in a wheelchair'.
Cllr Jim Foreman, Lead Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: "The activity in and around this home has made the lives of residents living nearby a misery.
"People have a right to live their lives free of any such fear and intimidation and this kind of behaviour just won't be tolerated. I hope this order will bring some respite to the local community.
"I'd like to thank the community safety and enforcement team from South Tyneside Homes for their work in securing the order. We will continue to use all tools at our disposal to tackle anti-social behaviour."
Sergeant Tom Strawbridge of Northumbria Police said: "Securing this order alongside the council was a fantastic outcome for the communities of South Tyneside.
"Nobody should have to put up with disorder on their own street, and that's why we have done everything possible in order to shut this address down to visitors.
"We will continue to closely monitor the area, and should anyone breach this order, they will face criminal repercussions and potential time behind bars.
"I'd like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation throughout, and hope this outcome offers them some comfort. By working with the community and partners, we can continue to ensure this area remains a safe and pleasant place to live and work."
"Anyone with information should report via our website, using the 'Tell Us Something' page."