Po­lice move out night­mare neigh­bours

Sunderland Echo - - What’s In Your Echo - Pe­tra Sil­fver­ski­old pe­tra.sil­fver­ski­old@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @sun­der­lan­de­cho

A clo­sure or­der has been granted on the Sun­der­land home of night­mare neigh­bours.

The three-month or­der was granted on the trou­ble­some prop­erty in Bax­ter Road yes­ter­day and is now the fifth clo­sure or­der se­cured by the Sun­der­land North Safer Es­tates part­ner­ship.

The part­ner­ship com­prises of Northum­bria Po­lice, Sun­der­land City Coun­cil and Gen­too Hous­ing, work­ing to­gether to tackle per­sis­tent crime and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and make the north of the city a safe place for res­i­dents.

On Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, an or­der was also se­cured on a prop­erty in Old­field Close af­ter an ab­so­lute pos­ses­sion or­der was ob­tained by Gen­too Hous­ing.

Sun­der­land North Neigh­bour­hood In­spec­tor Don Wade said: “We know lo­cal res­i­dents are over the moon with this lat­est Clo­sure Or- der, one has even said it will be their first rest­ful night in three months.

“No one wants to live next door to night­mare neigh­bours and when rowdy dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour be­comes crim­i­nal or an­ti­so­cial, or is as a re­sult of crime, then it’s sim­ply not ac­cept­able and we, along with our part­ners, will step in and utilise our pow­ers to take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.”

Since it launched, more than 12 months ago, the part­ner­ship has se­cured 13 evic­tions, five clo­sure or­ders, four civil in­junc­tions, 27 com­mu­nity pro­tec­tion no­tices, 51 ac­cept­able be­hav­iour agree­ments and one crim­i­nal be­hav­iour or­der.

Insp Wade added: “Our mes­sage is quite sim­ply any­one who com­mits crime or an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the north of the city and causes mis­ery to their lo­cal neigh­bours, will be­come the fo­cus of the part­ner­ship.

“All agen­cies will work to­gether, us­ing our com­bined ef­forts and pow­ers, to deal with their dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour.

“One of our first steps is to of­fer those in­volved help to turn their life around, how­ever, if they fail to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for their be­hav­iour, fam­ily mem­bers or the be­hav­iour of peo­ple who visit them then we will take ac­tion and ul­ti­mately this could lead to them leav­ing their home and go­ing to prison.”

“No one wants to live next door to night­mare neigh­bours” INSP DON WADE

The no­tice on the front door of Bax­ter Road, Sun­der­land.

In­spec­tor Don Wade.

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