Tenant evicted from Blyth property after crime and anti-social issues

A tenant has been evicted from her council owned property after causing misery and fear to her neighbours and local community.

By David Sedgwick
Wednesday, 4th May 2022, 4:59 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2022, 2:33 pm
Claire Needham threatened neighbours with a knife in Burns Avenue, Blyth.

Claire Needham was evicted by Northumberland County Council this week for crime and anti-social behaviour in Blyth.

It is the fourth eviction the council has undertaken this year as it clamps down on persistent anti-social behaviour with officials saying it sends a clear message that crime and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on its estates.

Claire Needham was a tenant at 3 Abbotsford House in Blyth from December 2020 and was evicted following a number of serious anti social incidents which amounted to breaches of her tenancy agreement.

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Northumberland County Council in partnership with Northumbria Police carried out the eviction through the courts.

Northumberland County Councillor Colin Horncastle, cabinet member for community services, said: “Seeking the eviction of a tenant is not a decision we take lightly, but our message is strong and clear; anti-social behaviour and criminal behaviour, whether it takes place in the property or in the community, will not be tolerated and is taken very seriously by this council.

“We hope our actions offer peace of mind to the local residents who have been affected by this behaviour and that our firm stance on anti-social behaviour will mean residents are not frightened to come forward and report anti-social behaviour.”