Police operation targets crime and disorder in Ashington

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Officers in Ashington are cracking down on crime and disorder as the second week of Operation Community Pride gets underway.

The three-week Operation which launched last week, (Monday, October 12), aims to tackle everything from Class A drugs through to dealing with rogue landlords, nuisance tenants, anti-social behaviour (ASB), littering, dog fouling, illegal money lending, vulnerability and domestic violence.

The operation launched with a bang as officers stormed a number of houses across the town in a bid to rid Ashington of those suspected of supplying Class-A drugs.

A full programme of partnership work followed as officers, cadets and Community Support Officers working with key partners at the Council and Housing Providers to carry out operations to crack down on litter, dog fouling, troublesome tenants and speeding motorists.

The first week of Community Pride resulted in:

-21 warrants executed and properties searched in relation to drug offences

-32 arrested on suspicion of drug offences

-10 vehicles and a jet-ski uplifted

-£110,000 in assets seized

- £2,000 in Class-A drugs seized

- 49 warning letters issued to residents with waste accumulations at their properties

-Six waste accumulations cleared

- Two Environmental Protection Notices served

- Five Fixed Penalty Notices served to people for littering

-18 vehicles stopped in Ashington and four drivers reported for document offences

- 29 speed awareness letters issued to speeding motorists

-200 Community Pride information leaflets delivered to residents

-18 Police and Housing Provider visits carried out to troublesome tenants.

Northern Area Command Chief Inspector, Jamie Pitt, said: “During the first week of the operation officers distributed over 200 Operation Community Pride information leaflets to residents in the area and have been out and about in mobile police offices chatting to people and listening to their concerns.

“We hope residents are encouraged by the activity so far and 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.

“Everyone is entitled to feel safe and enjoy peace and quiet in their own neighbourhood and we will take whatever action that is necessary to make that happen.”

“By working together we can tackle community issues head on and help to make our neighbourhoods safer and stronger.”

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.