NEW CCTV has been installed on Middlesbrough Theatre and warning letters issued after lockdown complaints about anti-social behaviour.

The council's neighbourhood safety officers have taken action following information from concerned members of the public in Linthorpe.

Reports around graffiti, littering, suspected drug dealing and vehicles parking in the theatre car park playing loud music led to more patrols by neighbourhood safety officers.

Several warning letters were sent after evidence was reviewed and improvements have since been noted in the area.

In one case, the council was able to warn someone suspected of dropping litter after takeaway packaging was dumped containing contact details on a receipt.

Middlesbrough Theatre is now fitted with 13 CCTV cameras. Other investment has seen a new foyer, refurbished seats in the auditorium and revamped dressing rooms.

Mayor Andy Preston has today thanked the Linthorpe resident who approached the council with their concerns.

Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour is one of Middlesbrough Council's main priorities on behalf of the town.

Mr Preston said: "Decent people shouldn't have to stand for it when careless idiots bring their area down.

"A resident who clearly loves where they live got in touch with us and gave us really good information which has helped us make improvements.

"We won't be complacent, but this is a good example of how residents and the council can come together. If there are problems where you live, report it and we will sort it."