26 August, 2014
An Accrington woman has been taken to court for anti-social behaviour after neighbours complained about threats of violence and that her dog had attacked an eight-year-old child.
Janine Thompson, aged 33, and her partner Basha Ullah, aged 28, of West Crescent, have each been served with an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction and banned from keeping dogs at the house.
The legal action was taken by landlord Hyndburn Homes, part of Symphony Housing Group, following an investigation into issues including rubbish, screaming and shouting, and reports of threatening behaviour.
The year-long injunctions also forbid the couple from using or threatening violence against residents and visitors to West Crescent. If they breach this condition, they face arrest.
Evidence submitted by Hyndburn Homes to Burnley County Court included:
Deborah Badger, anti-social behaviour officer at Hyndburn Homes, said: "Residents in West Crescent have had a terrible time because of the way this couple have behaved. We will not stand for that.
"Our tenants and other residents should be able to live peacefully and securely in their homes. This case underlines our commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour and we hope the injunctions will put an end to these problems.
"I'm pleased we have been able to take such swift action. Within 8 weeks of issues coming to light, the couple have been issued with these injunctions. I hope this will encourage people who are affected by anti-social behaviour to come forward and report it."
Hyndburn Homes worked with Lancashire Police and other partners to take the case to court, supported by Forbes Solicitors
Amy Stirton, Solicitor at Forbes commented, "We are delighted to have achieved this result for Hyndburn Homes. The outcome sends a strong message to residents that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated".