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Fence felled in blitz on disorderly youths.

A NORTHUMBERLAND housing company has worked with police to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Homes for Northumberland and Northumbria Police have removed a fence on Kentmere Close in Seghill following a series of complaints.

The fence was located near a secluded area of the street and attracted young people who would cause anti social behaviour for tenants living locally. Some of their disruptive activities included shouting, swearing, under-age drinking and littering.

It was agreed by Northumbria Police and Homes for Northumberland that the fence was of no benefit to the street and simply acted as a place where young people could hide and cause anti social behaviour for tenants.

Homes for Northumberland organised the removal of the fence as part of its small scale estate improvements scheme.

Ray Boycott, managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: "We are committed to ensuring we create safe neighbourhoods that residents can be proud of.

"Any council tenant can put forward an idea for a small improvement on their estate, from repairing a communal wall to tidying a landscaped area, and we were pleased that the residents of Kentmere Close told us about this problem as we were able to act on their concerns.

"Homes for Northumberland does not tolerate any form of anti-social behaviour and we worked closely with Northumbria Police on this project. We were pleased to be able to support tenants in this way by taking down the fence."

PC Steve Charlton, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for the area, said they would continue work together to try to tackle anti-social behaviour. Tenants experiencing anti-social behaviour should contact Homes for Northumberland on 01670 542424 or email snu@hfn.uk.com
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 20, 2011
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