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Tennants Evicted For Dealing
Six council tenants in North Lanarkshire have been evicted from their home for drug dealing offences. The local authority targeted two homes in Wishaw and Airdrie, and one each in Bellshill and Coatbridge after their antisocial response service was alerted to the problem.
The team investigated and supported cases were then passed to the courts.
Superintendent John McTear, Lanarkshire Division of Police Scotland, said: “We know that in reality, anyone can become a victim of antisocial behaviour regardless of age, beliefs, health considerations, lifestyle and backgrounds.
"Quite often the most vulnerable members of our communities are targeted and this is why, here in Lanarkshire we are committed to partnership working.
"We will carry out robust investigations of any reports we receive and will continue to work closely with our Community Safety partners, to keep people safe.
“I would urge anyone who is experiencing any form of antisocial behaviour in North Lanarkshire to report it”
During the past year, officers issued almost 1,000 warnings, as well as 53 Notice of Proceedings for antisocial behaviour against North Lanarkshire Council tenants.
Its joint work with Police Scotland on pro-active visits was highlighted as an example of excellent practice at the Scottish Antisocial Behaviour Officer’s Forum.
Officers from both services jointly visit identified or emerging hotspots to help prevent antisocial behaviour occurring.
Over 1,000 visits have been carried out resulting in no further complaints of antisocial behaviour from 57% of these.
Councillor Barry McCulloch, Convener of Housing and Social Work Services, said: “It’s now two years since we introduced our new, more responsive antisocial service. As part of our on-going commitment to improving this we regularly survey those who have contacted us. Over 95% of those surveyed told us they were satisfied with the service they received.
“We would urge residents experiencing antisocial behaviour to contact us and let us help to try and resolve the issues. We want to improve communities and will continue to work closely with our partners to make a positive difference to the lives of our residents.”