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What a twit. Injunction for tenant who intimidated with 3,500 social media messages

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What a twit. Injunction for tenant who intimidated with 3,500 social media messages

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal

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An Essex housing association has secured an injunction order against a tenant who sent a neighbour over 3,500 intimidating messages via social media.

Over an 18-month period, CHP's tenant harassed the neighbour, who is not a CHP resident, with messages.

Chelmsford County Court in July, District Judge Foss found the tenant guilty of harassment and intimidation and awarded an injunction order with the power of arrest attached.

The tenant is forbidden from contacting the victim either directly or indirectly by telephone, text message or through any form of social media or instant messaging during the next 12 months.

Furthermore, the tenant must not use or threaten the use of violence, nor must they encourage or instruct any other person to commit a violent act, harass or intimidate the individual.

Jon Cowie, CHP tenancy services team leader, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the case and obviously with the decision by District Judge Foss. We take a zero tolerance approach to extreme behaviour, especially harassment and intimidation, and will always take action against a resident where necessary.

“We would urge residents who use social media to use it with caution and to block people where necessary. However, the message we would also give to residents is that we will not tolerate such behaviour and that we can be relied upon to support and help you when needed, or we will take action against you should you behave in an unacceptable manner.”

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