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Squabbling heroin addicts shocked sheltered housing tenants

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

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A pair of heroin addicts whose heated public argument shocked tenants of a sheltered housing scheme have been handed injunctions.

David Wilkinson and girlfriend Joanne Larner traded insults and hurled vile language at one another at Palace Gates sheltered housing scheme in London's Wood Green area last November.

The scheme's tenants later told officers from Haringey Council’s anti-social behaviour action team (ASBAT) that the incident distressed them and left them feeling unsafe in their own homes.

Wilkinson was also found to have a track record of violence and causing problems at the scheme, and had been subject to previous injunctions in April 2011 and August 2012 after he attacked a visitor.

The council took action and earlier this month Edmonton County Court granted a two-year injunction against the squabbling couple. Both are now banned from visiting Palace Gates or being anywhere in Braemar Avenue until 2016. Any breaches could lead to imprisonment.

Cllr Richard Watson, the council's cabinet member for communities, said: "We have a duty of care to our vulnerable, elderly tenants and are absolutely clear that we will do what it takes to protect them against this sort of behaviour.

"It is unacceptable for anyone to intimidate and alarm innocent people in this way. We’re grateful to the residents of Palace Gates, whose bravery helped us to secure this injunction, and we will continue to work with them to ensure that it Mr Wilkinson and Ms Larner stay away from Palace Gates, or face the consequences."

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