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Drug dealer behind bars as police work with partners to crackdown on drug littering

07 Aug 2018 10:00 AM

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Cops on the Byker Wall are taking action against drug use and littering on the estate this summer - with one dealer already behind bars.

Last summer police in Byker received a raft of complaints about drug users dumping syringes and paraphernalia across the Byker wall.

Officers found that users had created dens in shrubbery where they would take the drugs - located just yards from children’s play areas.

It caused a large issue with anti-social behaviour but also with drug littering that put passing members of the public at risk.

Northumbria Police, Newcastle City Council and Public Health England all came together to clear up the area and safeguard the vulnerable people taking the drugs.

This year authorities are trying to get ahead of the game and have already carried out litter picks, meetings with the local community and multi-agency walkabouts.

Neighbourhood cops in the Byker ward have also been proactive in targeting known dealers in a bid to take the substances off the streets.

In December they carried out a raid at a house on The Chevron after receiving reports that the occupant had flooded the area with Class A drugs.

Cops found £8,000 worth of heroin and cocaine. Paul Teeney was arrested on suspicions of drugs offences.

In June the 55-year-old was jailed for 21 months at Newcastle Crown Court after he admitted charges of supplying Class A drugs.

While in prison Teeney has now also had his home removed after police, the council and Byker Community Trust took enforcement action in the civil court.

Today, Neighbourhood Inspector Kirsty Smith has said that officers in the area will continue to take a firm stance against dealers.

She said: "We know that drug use on the Byker Wall estate was a real problem last summer and so we have worked hard to get ahead of the problem.

"The council and the community trust have been very proactive in dismantling drug dens and removing any drug litter and paraphernalia.

"Our work has been more focused on enforcement and we have been actively pursuing drug dealers in and around the Byker ward.

"The conviction of Paul Teeney is a shining example of that. He was an individual we quickly identified as someone who was preying upon vulnerable drug users.

"We were able to act quickly on local intelligence and it is great to see that he is behind bars and, due to civil action, unable to move back into the area upon his release.

"There have been a number of additional warrants executed in the Byker and Walker area to target drug dealers and it is not something we will tolerate.

"Our priority is to make this area as safe a place to live as possible and we can do that by putting offenders in front of the court.

"To do that we need the help of the local community, so if you have any suspicions about someone you believe to be selling drugs then please let us know."

Cllr Nick Kemp, cabinet member for environment at Newcastle City Council, said: “We have worked closely with the police and Byker Community Trust to secure closure orders on a number of properties where there was criminal behaviour that was affecting the rest of the community.

“Families and people living on the Byker Wall Estate want to enjoy where they live – and they have every right to be able to do so.

“We will not tolerate anti-social and criminal behaviour from a minority of people who spoil the area for others and we will continue to take robust action against those responsible for it.”

Teeney admitted possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of cocaine before being sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on June 6.

Anyone who wants to report drug use in their local community can do so by calling 101 or online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.