Drug users hit with injunctions after vulnerable tenant menaced
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
A housing association had won injunctions against four drug users after one of its tenants was menaced.
Chorley Community Housing (CCH) took action after the vulnerable tenant's family raised concerns for his safety.
The HA has declined to name the resident involved, who lives in Chorley's town centre, to prevent him from suffering further abuse.
CCH Tenancy Enforcement Officer Neil Kenyon said: "The man, who had been targeted by the perpetrators for months, spent Christmas in Chorley hospital due to various illnesses. Whilst he was there relatives contacted us to express concerns about his safety. They told us that the perpetrators were using the flat to store stolen goods, threatening and possibly assaulting their relative and bullying him into allowing them to use his flat as a doss house."
CCH’s Tenancy Enforcement Manager, Debbie Parkinson, added: "Neil prepared an application for four injunctions to target the main perpetrators. When we went to court the judge agreed to grant all of the orders and also granted a power of arrest. This means that if the perpetrators approach our tenant, or use or threaten violence towards him they can be arrested and could be sent to prison. Hopefully, the injunction orders will help the tenant on his road to recovery."