Neighbourhood priorities

Anti Social Behaviour

Student related Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour increases in Jesmond, South Heaton and Ouseburn during the academic term. This occurs both as a result of noisy parties and the transient noise incurred by students preparing for nights out and returning in the early hours of the morning.

What we are doing about it  

Operation Oak was set up and has been successfully running for several years.  On key nights during the academic terms, officers are deployed to solely tackle student related anti-social behaviour, patrolling key areas and engaging with the student community.  Working closely with the universities and the local council, a tiered response system has been implemented whereby those making unnecessary noise can be given a warning in the first instance, with reprimands increasing to include Acceptable Behaviour Agreements and the seizure of musical equipment for those who repeatedly cause a disturbance.

Keeping you informed 

While Operation Oak will continue throughout the academic year there has been a change in the Police response to noise complaints in general. The local authority is the lead agency for noise issues. Any calls received to the Police in relation to noise issues will be risk assessed by control room staff. Where appropriate officers will be allocated but in most cases callers will be advised to contact the local authority who has reporting mechanisms in place.

At the start of the new academic year and during the Fresher's Weeks extra patrols were put in place to include the whole of this period. Officers' engaged with students prior to them going on their night out, calling in at the Halls of Residence and speaking with students in the street and at local shops. Encouraging them to have a safe, fun night, they were reminded about returning home in a considerate manner and the sanctions that can be imposed by the Police, the council and the Universities where this has not been the case.  Officers then patrolled the key areas at the times students would be returning home, providing a high visibility presence and taking action where appropriate through means of verbal warnings, alcohol seizures and reporting for offences where necessary. As ever, re-visits are conducted with students whose behaviour is deemed to be anti-social and as part of Fresher's Week the University Liaison Officer has been attending the initial lectures of all students to remind them of their responsibilities when preparing to leave or returning home from a night out. 

In July the majority of students returned home following the completion of the academic year. Correspondingly the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour fell. It is anticipated that levels of incidents will remain low until the beginning of September when students return for the 2018/19 academic year. 

May 2017: Burglaries to sheds and outhouses in the Byker Bank area

What you told us:

Burglaries to sheds and outhouses in the rear yards, gardens and allotments of the Byker Bank area

What we are doing about it:

For a number of years Northumbria police has worked hard to reduce the number of burglaries in the area with success and we will continue to work with partner agencies such as the local authority to reduce the fear of burglary.

We have increased patrols in your area with officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team as well as 24/7 response officers being deployed in the Byker Bank area at all hours of the day. Through Operation Moonlight and Operation Sunshine we are directly speaking to households where residents have left their property vulnerable and given them direct crime prevention advice. We are also actively targeting criminals who commit crime in Ouseburn.

Keeping you informed:

The Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team will attend the next round of Ward meetings held by the local authority and information about these meetings can be found on either the Northumbria Police website or the Newcastle City Council website. You can contact your local neighbourhood team via email on

newcastleeast.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.