Find out how best to deal with antisocial behaviour, damage to property, fly-posting and nuisance or noise from neighbours and businesses.
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We receive numerous complaints regarding ball games. However the legislation available to the Council is unsuitable for preventing children playing football or other games in public areas. As an impartial service, we have to ensure that we do not unfairly label some playing of games by children as anti-social. We also recognise that some children choose to play close to their home, feeling it to be safer.
We do not erect ‘No Ball Games’ signs as they are unenforceable and can raise public expectations, which we may be unable to resolve.
Many children are unaware that the activity is causing any concern to others and should you feel comfortable to do so, we would in the first instance recommend talking to them or their parents. You may be able to reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable.
If you are a parent of a child that likes to play games near your home, please encourage them to be mindful of other residents, being aware of the impact of noise and inappropriate language, and to use a soft ball where possible to reduce the likelihood of damage.
If intentional or reckless damage has been caused by the playing of such games, we would suggest contacting Northumbria Police who will respond accordingly. You may also consider contacting the local police if you feel that the number of children playing is excessive and/or continues into unsociable hours.
Your local neighbourhood police team can be contacted by calling 101 or you can make a report via their web page.
The regulation of CCTV cameras or other recording equipment by members of the public does not fall under the remit of Northumberland County Council. We do not posses the appropriate powers and as such we cannot deal with matters relating to the private use of CCTV.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is able to give further advice around the use of CCTV both for CCTV users and those who believe they are being filmed. You can find further information here:
Darren has been a community safety officer for over 10 years and has extensive knowledge of his area. He works closely with Northumbria Police and support services and has a strong background working in housing. He previously worked for Blyth Valley Borough Council.
Darren helps coordinate the Blyth area multi agency meeting at which local community safety issues are tackled using a problem solving approach. He works closely with other partners such as police and housing and has excellent working links with a variety of support agencies.
If you are experiencing anti social behaviour in the Blyth area you can contact Darren via Public Protection:
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