Couple evicted for causing hell for neighbours

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A couple who made life a nightmare for neighbours in Leeds have been kicked out of their home.

Matthew Banks, 21, and Tracey Alger, 38, have been ordered to leave their council house on Bodmin Crescent, Middleton.

Leeds magistrates granted a closure order after months of complaints about loud music, swearing, arguing and threatening behaviour.

Court action was brought by Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Housing Leeds and West Yorkshire Police. Inspector Chris Bowen, of Holbeck police, said: “We hope it will serve as a clear warning to people who refuse to listen to advice and think they can get away with making their neighbours’ lives a misery.”

Coun Peter Gruen, chairman of Safer Leeds said: “We are determined with our partners to crack down on anti-social behaviour in our communities, and I am pleased therefore that this closure order was granted by the court to evict this couple, who have blighted the lives of other residents living in this community of Middleton.

“We have only taken this action after giving the residents many opportunities to work with us.

“I hope the tough action that we have taken sends out a very clear message that the council does not tolerate this type of behaviour, and that every power at our disposal will be taken to ensure it is stopped.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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