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3:42pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
The policing team in Hucclecote has worked with a housing association to secure an eviction order for two people who have been making their neighbours' lives in Coney Hill a misery.
Residents in the area have complained of excessive noise and huge disruption on a regular basis over the past year.
The tenants, a woman and a man, treated the property with disregard, highlighted by the disovery of a two feet wide hole that had been punched through an internal door, while visitors invited to the house contributed to the problems, with a brick thrown through a window on one occasion.
The order was granted by a district judge at Gloucester County Court and the tenants now have 42 days to vacate the address.
They will not be accepted for housing association support in future.
PC Andy Plant said: "We have had many reports of anti-social behaviour linked to the property and it was simply becoming intolerable for everyone else in the street.
"I worked with the housing association to visit the tenants and made numerous efforts to get them to change their behaviour, without success.
"The only option was to take civil action. I submitted a five page community impact assessment to Bromford Housing Association and neighbours gave evidence of how their lives had been affected.
"I really hope this shows people that we do take anti-social behaviour seriously and encourages residents to come forward and tell us where they are experiencing problems.
"It's only right that we do everything possible to solve the issue amicably but if we need to we will work with housing providers to seek evictions."
Sam Knowles, Community Safety Manager for Bromford Housing Association, said: “The successful outcome to this case would not have been possible without the bravery of the witness coming forward and the tremendous support we have had from PC Andy Plant. I hope that this will encourage other residents to come forward if anti-social behaviour is occurring in future.
“The property is in a terrible state with broken doors, holes in the walls and rubbish in the front and back gardens. This will cost Bromford Housing many thousands of pounds to reinstate to a leasable standard.”
To report anti-social behaviour, please call the non-emergency police number 101. In Gloucester, residents can also report anti-social behaviour that involves a private tenant or someone who owns their own home to Project Solace by calling the free phone number 0800 4082000. Project Solace is a team set up by police, Gloucester City Council and Gloucester City Homes to tackle such incidents.