Children as young as nine terrorise estate as a dozen families are told they will be evicted if they don’t stop their unruly kids from running riot in the area
- Police visited 13 addresses in Newcastle linked to serious anti-social behaviour
- Residents in West Denton complained they were under siege by rogue children
- Members of the public complained that gangs of youths were intimidating them
- Parents of children who ignore the new behaviour orders now face eviction
Police have visited more than a dozen parents to warn them that they face eviction if their children continue to terrorise their community.
For weeks unruly teenagers have been running riot and making life a misery for their neighbours in West Denton, Newcastle.
Groups of children have been drinking and smoking drugs while gathering around a number of streets in the area, known as the ‘D Roads’.
They have intimidated members of the public, left litter scoured across the estate and caused a significant amount of criminal damage.
A large group of police arrived in Est Denton, Newcastle yesterday as part of a campaign against anti-social behaviour of a group of young teenagers, not pictured
Police warned parents of the consequences of ignoring the anti social behaviour orders
Officers from Northumbria Police have said that the majority of those responsible are teenagers but that they have received a report about a nine-year-old boy behaving in a disorderly manner.
Yesterday morning officers swarmed the area to warn parents of youths suspected of anti-social behaviour that they face eviction if the bad behaviour continues.
Officers visited 13 addresses where they handed the parents of suspected hooligans a Community Protection Warning Notice. The CPWNs place restrictions on named individuals.
Police also handed a number of Notices Seeking Possession (NOSPs). The parents were warned they face eviction if the children breach the terms of the notice.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Ashley Palmer, of Northumbria Police, said: ‘We have had
a number of complaints from people on the D Roads about the behaviour of a number of children.
Officers visited a total of 13 addresses linked to those suspected of bad behaviour
‘We have had complaints about children as young as nine who have been involved
in causing criminal damage on the estates and that is unacceptable.
‘The behaviour has led to significant littering and damage to council property that has left the area looking like an eye sore.
‘That can attract anti-social behaviour itself and can be devastating for those decent people who take real pride in their home and community.
‘For a number of weeks we have worked with partners, and the local community, to try and come up with a solution that improves people’s lives.
‘But a number of those warnings have been ignored and a number of these families are in the last chance saloon.
Newcastle City Council said they are also involved in the new scheme
As well as anti-social behaviour, locals have complained the youths are responsible for littering
‘If these children don’t start to change their ways then we will be left with no option but to move them out of the area to prevent further disorder from taking place.
‘This activity is just the start of our enforcement and I would encourage anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour to contact police.’
Cllr Clare Penny-Evans, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for Communities and Climate Change, and chair of the Safe Newcastle board, said yesterday: ‘The activity carried out this morning shows that we will not abandon those residents whose lives are blighted by the inconsiderate, frightening and often dangerous anti-social behaviour of a small number of people in the community.
‘We will take action when necessary and if the trend of this kind of behaviour continues to escalate as it has in recent months we will not hold back from removing those who are causing the problem.
‘We appreciate people are badly let down in terms of youth services thanks to
years of austerity inflicted upon by successive governments, but there is
still a responsibility to be mindful of our neighbours and communities.
‘As a council we are committed to providing decent neighbourhoods for residents of Newcastle and we will continue to work with our partners to achieve this.’