A CLAMPDOWN on neighbourhood nuisances has been launched in Boldon.
Operation Achilles is cracking down on crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
The initiative got underway last week with warrants executed at two addresses in the area resulting in a 45-year-old woman being arrested on suspicion of possessing amphetamines with intent to supply.
She has been bailed pending further inquiries.
Targeted patrols will continue until the end of April, not only to focus on known offenders, but also to engage with the community and act on any concerns raised.
A week of community events is planned during the Easter holidays, and officers from the neighbourhood policing team are working alongside partners from South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes to deal with problem tenants and environmental issues in the area.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Tackling disorder and anti-social behaviour is a priority for us.
“We know these are issues that cause most concern for our communities, which is why we regularly carry out joint patrols with our partners, to deal with it and take positive action.
“These patrols will be increased over the next month as part of this operation.
“I would ask anyone with concerns to speak to us while we’re out and about in your area.
“We encourage any community feedback, to ensure we’re patrolling the right areas at the right time and focusing our efforts on the right people.
“Anti-social behaviour has a negative impact on our communities and can seriously affect the quality of life for residents.
“We will not tolerate the actions of this small minority of people who are causing a nuisance for residents in this area.
“Everyone is entitled to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home and neighbourhood and we will take whatever action that is necessary to make that happen.”
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “Crime and disorder are everyday issues that have a real impact on the quality of life of all our residents.
“While the vast majority of people are considerate neighbours who go about their lives without causing any problems, there is a small group of people whose actions blight our communities.
“By working together we can tackle these problems head on and help to make our neighbourhoods safer and stronger.
Carrying out joint patrols with the police also enables us to engage directly with local people to get a better understanding of local issues as well as look at what we can do as a partnership to address them.”
Residents can report incidents of anti social behaviour to the community wardens on (0191) 420 3713.
Incidents can also be reported by calling the anti-social behaviour team on (0191) 424 7999, texting ASB and your message to 07786 200 802 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
People with concerns about their neighbourhood can report anti-social behaviour and crime to their local neighbourhood policing team on 101, ext 69191, or via the Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.police.uk
Housing or estate issues can be reported to South Tyneside Homes on 0300 123 6633.