A ZERO tolerance approach will be enforced on a troubled estate which has been blighted by anti-social behaviour.

A huge clear up was held at Aldham House estate, Wombwell, which has about 500 council and social houses, to sort out long-running issues.

Future offenders will be given a warning letter, a tenancy enforcement and then will face the threat of eviction, fixed penalty notices and possible prosecutions.

Police, council workers, staff from Berneslai Homes and even officers from the RSPCA were there to tackle issues on November 14 which have been raised by the residents themselves.

Cllr Karen Dyson, who organised the clear up with Sgt Sarah Hoyle from the police, said they had acted on calls from residents to improve the area.

"We want to make it a better area for people to live in," Cllr Dyson said. "They once said that we would never be able to have tenants and residents meetings in the area but we had two last week and they were well attended."

The operation included skips being delivered to clear up some of the rubbish which had been dumped outside houses, dogs being microchipped and police warning some tenants about their conduct.

The estate, which has about 500 council and social houses, will see a zero tolerance approach to further problems.

Offenders will be given a warning letter, a tenancy enforcement and then will face the threat of eviction, fixed penalty notices and possible prosecutions.

Sgt Hoyle said 'broken window' syndrome had taken hold in the area and some residents had simply grown used to the mess and not bothered if anything was done about it.

She said she and her colleagues wanted to change attitudes.

"We want to instill community pride in their environment and make people see that what they walk past every day is not acceptable," she said.

"For some people it will be a case of 'this is your last chance' otherwise next time we will enforce.

"It's about raising standards for people and setting the standard for the future."