Problem tenant evicted

Dated: 13 Apr 2017 11:52 AM

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Police and partners have taken action to evict a problem tenant who was causing anti-social behaviour misery in Whitley Bay.

Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Policing Team received a steady stream of calls over several months from nearby residents about violence, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour, taking place at 9 Cheviot Court, concerning the tenant David Bell aged 42, and visitors to his flat.

Neighbourhood officers worked with landlord Bernicia Homes to tackle the problem which began back in October 2016. Officers have spoken with Mr Bell and he was advised about his behaviour, and that he was risking his tenancy if he continued to behave in this manner, but he failed to mend his ways.

Officers and Bernicia Homes gathered evidence of this behaviour and Mr Bell has now been evicted (on Tuesday, April 11).

PC Parker said: "We believe that everyone should feel safe and happy in their homes and neighbourhoods, and we will take necessary and prompt action to protect that right.

"We hope that by removing this tenant it will have a massive positive impact on the other residents of the block who have had to endure countless incidents of noise, disorder, drunkenness and violence stemming from this flat.

"We work closely with our partners, particularly local housing providers, to protect our communities and residents and give an appropriate response to the issues they raise. It is important that tenants realise the effect their behaviour has on others and understand that their behaviour has consequences.

"We will continue to work together with our partner agencies to take enforcement action against anyone whose behaviour is having a detrimental effect on the community."

Bernicia Homes Enforcement Officer, Daniel Finn said: "Bernicia will take whatever action is required to ensure our tenants enjoy peace and quiet in their own homes. We will continue to work with our partners, Northumbria police, to tackle Anti- social behaviour and ensure that we make it clear to all current and prospective Bernicia tenants that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Anyone with concerns about crime or disorder where they lives is asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.