COUNCIL bosses on Teesside were last night condemned for their "dismal" record in dealing with noisy yobs and unruly neighbours.

Ashok Kumar, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, hit out after finding that only seven anti-social behaviour orders have been issued across the four council areas.

The system allows councils and the police to apply for orders which could include banning troublemakers from areas.

Dr Kumar condemned the "absolutely dismal" record and urged councils "to crack the whip".

However, Middlesbrough Borough Council said the orders were "only one weapon in the armoury". New regular meetings with police and other agencies often produced other means of dealing with troublemakers, said a spokesman.

Dave McLuckie, of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said it would have applied for two orders by now, but the individuals had been jailed beforehand. However, two more should be ready early next year.