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20 Mar 2017
Thirteen and Stockton-on–Tees Borough Council's Neighbourhood teams visited people alleged to be causing anti-social behaviour on the estate, who were advised that their conduct could potentially jeopardise their tenancy status. This action coincided with a number of drug raids carried out by Cleveland Police earlier in the day.
Following reports of fly-tipping in the area, estate caretakers worked throughout the day carrying out general litter picks as well as removing large household items such as sofas and electrical equipment.
Thirteen neighbourhood officers were also on hand to help customers sign up to our self-service website, make sure all of our customer information is up to date and refer tenants to support services such as our money advice team, New Directions employment support team and home fire safety.
Chris Marshall, area manager for Stockton at Thirteen, said: "This day of action demonstrates just how much we can do when we all work together.
"One of the main aims of the day was to give local people the opportunity to meet with partners to raise any community safety issues or concerns, and what can be done together to tackle them, as well as finding out more about the services on offer.
"It was an excellent opportunity for a range of different organisations to speak directly to residents and help tackle the issues that are affecting their lives."
Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, added: "The day of action was a great example of how we can work in partnership, not just with landlords and the police, but with our communities, to build stronger relationships and target intervention where it is most needed."
Sergeant Ian Brown, from Stockton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We will continue to work with our partner agencies to tackle incidents of antisocial behaviour and other issues which blight local communities.
"As part of the day of action police in the Portrack area, five people were arrested in connection with drugs offences and suspected drugs were recovered, therefore stopping them from potentially being distributed onto the streets of Stockton."
Pat Egan, Group Executive Director for Affordable Housing at Places for People said: “Places for People is dedicated to working with our partners to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in the Portrack area. The community plays an important part in keeping the area safe and making it a better place for all and we were pleased to be involved in this day of action.”