News story published on 04 October 2013
A HARSH warning is being sent to nuisance neighbours following the eviction of a tenant from a local housing association for anti-social behaviour.
Cross Keys Homes successfully gained an eviction order against Stuart Wilkinson (49), from his home at Grove Court, Woodston, following months of noise nuisance and disturbance caused by unruly and inconsiderate visitors as well as persistent illegal drug use.
Despite initial intervention by Cross Keys Homes’ anti-social behaviour team together with local support services, there was no improvement in his behaviour and Cross Keys Homes was left with no option but to apply for an eviction order from the courts.
Cross Keys Homes’ anti-social behaviour manager, Gemma Wood, said: “Together with the police we tried to work with Mr Wilkinson to address his drug misuse in order to sustain his tenancy.
Gemma added: “We are supportive of those tenants who are engaging well with treatment for substance misuse and who address their behaviour, so that they do not cause a nuisance to their neighbours. However, we do take drug misuse and associated anti-social behaviour very seriously and so eviction will always be considered in these cases as we want to ensure our neighbourhoods are places where people want to live and be proud of.”
Cross Keys Homes’ neighbourhood manager (ASB), Kerry Harrison, who worked hard to secure the eviction, added: “Our partnership working with the police was really important in gathering evidence to pursue the eviction, as residents were too fearful to continue reporting it due to fear of reprisals from Mr Wilkinson and his associates.
“I would encourage anyone experiencing similar problems to contact Cross Keys Homes or the police so that we can ensure we put a stop to it.”
If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood and are a tenant of Cross Keys Homes then call its anti-social behaviour team on: 01733 386404.