UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Families of young Metro yobs face eviction
Northumbria Police officers supporting North Tyneside Council officers visiting parents of young Metro yobs
Families of the young yobs involved in serious antisocial and criminal behaviour on the Metro system face an uncertain future as North Tyneside Council told them they could be evicted.
Northumbria Police and officers from the authority’s housing department teamed up on Monday morning to give the parents of delinquents a wake-up call.
They were woken up and given a stark message; “You’re responsible for your children’s behaviour.”
They served notices seeking possession to households linked with the youngsters aged between 14 and 15.
These notices are the first step in the eviction process, to each of the tenants which may be pursued through the court
The council and Police have repeatedly tried to work with the tenants and encourage them to rein in their children’s behaviour but with no success.
The three homes hit were in Longbenton and New York.
One family said they couldn’t stop their child going out, and blamed police for not taking the out-of-control youngster away.
But Coun Carole Burdis, cabinet member for community safety and public protection, said the buck stops with parents.
And she warned that the authority would do what was needed to keep communities safe.
She said: “Most young people in North Tyneside conduct themselves with decency and respect and are a credit to their community. However, a small minority are getting involved in persistent antisocial behaviour and unfortunately we are getting no support from the parents in trying to bring their children under control.
“This joint action with Northumbria Police sends a clear message that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated in North Tyneside and that parents need to start taking responsibility for where their children are and what they’re getting up to.
“We will take whatever action is necessary to keep the peace and ensure the safety of our residents.”
PC Nathan Duddridge of Northumbria Police’s Metro Unit added: “I echo Coun Burdis in saying that the vast majority of young people in the region truly are credits to their area.
“But action will be taken against those who seek to wreak havoc in their communities and on the Metro system. In this case, the youths have been given various chances to clean up their acts but have shown a constant disregard for their community and they, and their families, have now been given a final warning that eviction is the next step if they don’t look to amend their ways immediately.
“I sincerely hope that those involved see sense and make steps to get themselves on a better path. I also hope this notice offers reassurance to the community who I would like to thank for their amazing patience and cooperation.
“We will continue to work with our partners and use every avenue at our disposal to ensure this area remains a safe place to live and work.”
Residents can report criminal or anti-social behaviour confidentially to the Police on 101 (dial 999 in an emergency) or to the Community Protection team on 0191 643 3333, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting the ‘report it’ section of the council’s website.
Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter
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