Partnership tackles bad behaviour

A partnership between police, county council and private landlords is working to stamp out anti-social behaviour in Ashington.

Residents in the North Hirst area of the town are benefiting from the combined efforts of the neighbourhood policing team, the council’s community safety officer Ross McLeod, and Ashington’s private landlord liaison officer Jodie Saynor.

An issue had been raised about two particular flats in the town where enforcement action had been taken.

The partnership said the landlord of the flats was approached and reacted positively, fully understanding the problems being caused to other residents.

The tenancies of the addresses were legally ended and both properties are now being renovated.

The landlord is now working to have the properties accredited.

Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce added: “We know people can think some private landlords do not care about who they rent their property to, but this case shows how landlords do care and how we work in partnership to deal effectively with those causing problems.

“While we’re pleased we’ve been able to help in this case, we’re not complacent and anyone having problems in their neighbourhood with anti-social behaviour should contact us on 101 extension 69191.”