Police and Partners Smoke Out Grove Hill Offenders

A multi-agency operation in Middlesbrough’s Grove Hill has seen numerous summonses issued, cars and bikes seized and dispersal orders put in place and police have pledged the activity will continue for the foreseeable future.

Operation Smoke began around a fortnight ago with Cleveland Police’s high visibility patrols joined by Middlesbrough Council’s street wardens and housing and Fire Brigade colleagues in a bid to tackle antisocial behaviour (ASB), arson, drug dealing and other crimes.

Graffiti and criminal damage has also been a problem and two police vehicles were also deliberately damaged as officers responded to separate incidents in recent weeks.

The operation aims to provide reassurance to the law abiding majority of residents whose quality of life is being spoiled by regular offending by other local people.

Housing providers have also been reminding some tenants of their responsibilities and warned them that their tenancies could be at risk if they or their children persist in antisocial or criminal behaviour. 

Temporary Inspector Dave Snaith said: “We and our partners want to tackle the root causes of the issues in Grove Hill and to work with those residents who perhaps need additional support.

“We will be intensifying our activity and stepping it up in the coming weeks.  This proactive approach demonstrates that we have listened to the law abiding majority of residents and are taking proactice steps to address their concerns.

“I’d like to thank our partners who are working with us during Operation Smoke.  With their input and with the support of the community, we can make a real difference.

“Finally I would encourage anyone with information on who is responsible for crime and ASB in the Grove Hill area to contact police in complete confidence so we can take further action.  You can also pass information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/ or by phoning them on 0800 555 111.”