Council evicts tenant after police were called '30 times in a year’ over threats and anti-social behaviour

A neighbour from hell has been evicted after long-suffering residents reported feeling “unsafe” in their own homes.

Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 11:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 11:40 am

Wakefield Council said police had been called “30 times” to a home in Featherstone throughout the course of 2021, in response to persistent reports of anti-social and threatening behaviour.

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The council said it has now secured a “closure order” on the property from Magistrates, which has resulted in the tenant being evicted and a ban on anyone entering the home for three months.

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Coun Maureen Cummings set out action taken by the council to end the anti-social behaviour issues. Picture: John Clifton

The exact location of the home has not been revealed.

But writing in a public report, Coun Maureen Cummings said some of the residents had been “losing sleep” because of the nuisance.

Coun Cummings, the council’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “Legal action has been taken to close down a house and evict a tenant at the centre of anti-social behaviour in the Wakefield district.

“Wakefield Council has worked with West Yorkshire Police to protect residents living near a property in Featherstone, who have reported feeling unsafe in their own homes due to the behaviour of the tenant and visitors to the property.

“Police have been called 30 times this year to reports of anti-social behaviour and threats emanating from individuals residing at the premises which has caused much distress to neighbours.”

Coun Cummings said the council applied for a closure order after all other attempts to tackle the problem failed.

She added: “The granting of this closure order should provide some much-needed relief to the people who live and work nearby who have had to live with the anti-social behaviour associated with this property.”

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