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A young woman who stood up to a violent perpetrator of anti-social behaviour has been shortlisted for a national award

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A young woman who stood up to a violent perpetrator of anti-social behaviour has been shortlisted for a national award

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Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities

A woman from Preston has been selected as a finalist for a national housing award.

The Residents Award at the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group awards recognises ‘the bravery and courage of an individual or a group or residents who have taken a personal stand against anti-social behaviour.

The resident (who will not be named to protect her identity) has been selected as one of three finalists for showing immense courage and selflessness in standing up against a well-known perpetrator of anti-social behaviour, after New Progress Housing Association entered her for the national award.

The young woman and her family suffered from months of harassment and serious threats of violence followed by a serious assault on her by the perpetrator. Where most would shy away, she showed tremendous courage in standing up to her attacker and took the stand in the witness box to support New Progress Housing Association to get a conviction against the perpetrator.

Her selfless actions have not only protected herself but others in the area too. In standing up against a notorious criminal she has become a beacon of hope to the community and, as a result, residents’ attitudes in the area have changed. Inspired by her story more people are now prepared to report crime, nuisance and domestic violence to New Progress Housing Association and the Police.

The resident is now working with New Progress Housing Association, who provided her with 24 hour witness support throughout the terrible ordeal, to offer advice and support to other victims of anti-social behaviour and to encourage them to speak out against it.

Linda Alcock, New Progress Housing Association’s head of tenancy enforcement, believes that the resident would be a worthy winner: “Having worked in housing and tenancy enforcement for over 20 years, I can safely say that this resident is one of the most courageous young ladies that I have ever met. Her strength and determination to stand up against a well-known gang member to protect, not only, herself but many others in her community should be applauded.

“She had the incredible courage to face her attacker in Court and testify against him, despite knowing that there were likely to be repercussions for her and her family. Her testimony helped New Progress to secure a jail sentence for her attacker and for his family to be evicted from the estate.”

New Progress Housing Association’s head of tenancy enforcement, Linda Alcock, is the current holder of the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group’s Tim Winter award for her personal commitment and dedication to tackling anti-social behaviour. The winner of this year’s SLCNG awards will be announced at the annual conference dinner on 13 November.

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