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Officers receive award for ridding Willington street of noisy neighbours
TWO police officers and a council worker who helped rid a street of a pair of nuisance neighbours have received awards for their work.
Complaints about the two women started within days of them moving into a house in Willington last June.
The area’s beat officer PC Simon Schofield and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Michael Hogg quickly started compiling a dossier on the troublesome twosome and worked with Durham County Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour officer Natalie Davies to combat the problem.
After several court dates and failed chances to stop their offending, the pair were given Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) in December which made any further disturbances from their household a criminal offence.
The two women left the area shortly afterwards.
Now the two police officers and Ms Davies have received commendations from Durham Police’s Chief Superintendant for their work.
PC Schofield said problems included loud parties running late in to the night, numerous visitors many of whom were abusive towards other residents and drunken behaviour in the streets.
The officer, who priased reseidents for their help in providing evidence, said the pair’s presence was a daily disruption to their neighbour’s lives and that many were intimidated by the women and their friends.
Sergeant Shaun Davis from Crook Neighbourhood Beat Team said: “This problem was solved through thorough and detailed investigations by the officers and good evidence from the residents.”
The issue was made a priority by the police at a Police And the Community Together (Pact) meeting.
Willington’s Pact meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month at 6pm at Willington Community Action Centre.
The beat team can also be contacted on 101 or via their Facebook page.
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