Image demonstrating Council evicts tenant from Blyth property after serious offences 

Council evicts tenant from Blyth property after serious offences 

A Byth woman has been evicted from her Northumberland County Council owned property, for crime and anti-social behaviour which was causing misery and fear to her neighbours and the community of Blyth. 
This is the sixth eviction the council has undertaken this year as it clamps down on persistent anti-social behaviour and sends a clear message that crime and antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated on its estates. 
Last week, Ann Marie Stoker was evicted from her home at 40 Sixth Avenue following a catalogue of serious offences by her son, who was living at the property at the time, which amounted to breaches of her tenancy agreement. 
In June 2020 her son was convicted of possessing a knife blade in a public place in South Beach Estate, Blyth and was awarded a 6-month custodial sentence. 
In August 2020 he was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place – George Street in Blyth - for which he received a three-month custodial sentence. 
Later that year in October 2020 he was convicted by North Northumbria Magistrates of three counts of attempted burglary with intent to steal. He was later sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to 35 months' imprisonment.  
Between 2019-2022, Ann Marie Stoker had also been convicted of the assault of emergency services workers on two occasions, assault of a window cleaner and of abusive and racial behaviour in the local neighbourhood.  
Northumberland County Council in partnership with Northumbria Police carried out the eviction through the courts. 
Northumberland County Councillor Colin Horncastle, cabinet member for community services said:  
"Seeking the eviction of a tenant is not a decision we take lightly, but our message is strong and clear; anti-social behaviour and criminal behaviour, whether it takes place in the property or in the community, by the tenant or someone living in the property, will not be tolerated and is taken very seriously by this council. 
“We want residents to have quiet enjoyment of their homes, free from violent and anti-social behaviour and to ensure that our properties are available to families in need of housing. 
“We hope our actions offer peace of mind to the local residents who have been affected by this criminal behaviour and that our firm stance will mean other residents are not frightened to come forward and report anti-social behaviour.” 
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