Originally published in JesmondLocal – 7 March, 2017
Devonshire Place has been the location of the most anti-social behaviour complaints made to police between the start of the university year and the end of the calendar year in 2016, official statistics show.
17 anti-social behaviour complaints were made to do with the street, according to Northumbria Police’s crime map.
Manor House Road followed in second, with 13 complaints, and Acorn Road, Myrtle Grove, Queen’s Road and Queen’s Terrace were tied third with 9 complaints each.
Using Northumbria Police’s crime map, JesmondLocal compiled a list of the highest complaint areas between September 2016 and January 2017.
Devonshire Place, Queen’s Road, Myrtle Grove, and Grosvenor Road topped the list for September, registering three complaints each.
October saw Devonshire Place again place first in anti-social complaints with 10 over the course of the month. Queen’s Terrace, Osborne Road, Hazelwood Avenue and Holly Avenue also all recorded five incidents in October.
November’s worst street for anti-social behaviour was again tied, this time between Queen’s Terrace, Acorn Road, Manor House Road and Osborne Terrace, with three apiece.
The last month, December, had Manor House Road at the summit, with six complaints registered on the street.
The top three streets for anti-social behaviour were all found in North Jesmond, an area that has 1,281 HMOs exempt from council tax due to student occupants – a figure provided by Newcastle City Council.
The level of complaints appears low, based on the crime map, but many residents say they do not report anti-social behaviour due to the perception of a lack of action.
The council’s report from which the HMO statistics are taken corroborates this idea saying: “Many residents state that they do not make formal complains about noise, often due to a range of factors, including a perceived lack of action that would arise from a complaint.”
In an attempt to better quantify the scale of anti-social behaviour in Jesmond, JesmondLocal has recently launched a pilot scheme where Jesmond residents can report anti-social behaviour through firstname.lastname@example.org and the information will be compiled as a ‘heat map’. (This email address should NOT be used as a crime reporting service. Serious and urgent crimes need to be reported to the correct authorities on 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergency.)
This map will then be presented to the council, police, and universities as part of an ongoing effort to tackle anti-social behaviour in Jesmond.