Housing company evicts noisy neighbour
Published by Melanie Armstrong for Homes For Northumberland in Housing and also in Local Government
A nuisance neighbour on a Blyth street has been taken to task over her antisocial behaviour.
Homes for Northumberland, working alongside Northumbria Police and Northumberland County Council’s Legal Services Team, evicted Wendy Brown (46) of Ravensdale Grove after receiving a number of complaints from local people about noise nuisance and repeated antisocial behaviour.
The housing company sought possession proceedings after gathering CCTV evidence and noise recordings. Brown also had a history of rent arrears which Homes for Northumberland attempted to resolve on several occasions.
Additionally, in 2011 Brown was given a suspended prison sentence after obtaining nearly £24,000 by submitting false claims for Income Support, Housing and Council Tax Benefit and failing to notify the authorities of a change in her circumstances.
Colin Blackett, safer neighbourhoods unit manager at Homes for Northumberland, said: "Homes for Northumberland works closely with partners and we are all committed to stamping out this sort of antisocial and nuisance behaviour. All agencies have done a sterling job in tackling this problem.
"It is totally unacceptable that one resident believes that they can act in this way, to the detriment of their neighbours and other members of their community. I’d like to thank all of the people in the local area who came forward to report Brown’s behaviour.
“I can reassure anyone who would like to report antisocial behaviour that all of the information you provide is kept confidential and really helps us to take action against these individuals - we must all work together to make a difference and stamp out this type of unacceptable behaviour.”
Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris said: "This partnership action demonstrates how seriously we take antisocial behaviour and how committed we are to tackling it in Blyth. We will continue to work with Homes for Northumberland and the local authority to ensure that our streets and neighbourhoods remain safe and pleasant places to live."
To make a complaint about anti-social behaviour contact Homes for Northumberland’s Safer Neighbourhoods Unit for advice and confidential help on 01670 542424 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org