A HOUSING service in Blyth has joined forces with police to target tenants who are using their council homes to store stolen goods or supply drugs from.
Officers are working with Homes for Northumberland to carry out searches at addresses where suspected drug dealers and thieves are based.
And the operation is already proving a success, with large quantities of drugs, money and stolen goods being seized.
Colin Blackett, safer neighbourhoods team manager at the housing organisation, has warned that tenants who have been charged with a drug offence, theft, or who have allowed their council tenancy to be used by someone using or dealing drugs, could face eviction.
“Keeping our communities safe is a key priority for us and this operation enables both Northumbria Police and Homes for Northumberland to work in tandem, targeting the people who are causing our community problems,” he said.
“Dealing drugs is both a breach of a council tenancy and illegal.
“We have one message and that is that drug dealing in council properties will not be tolerated.”
Anyone with information into drug taking or dealing in their area, or who wants to report anti-social behaviour, should contact the safer neighbourhoods team on (01670) 542424.