Anti-social Couple Banned From Keeping Dogs at House Following Swift Action

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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:

  • Reports that a dog from the house bit an eight-year-old boy, who had to be taken to hospital for treatment. While neighbours attended to the child, the couple were said to have made threats and screamed abuse at them.
  • The youngster is now said to be "terrified" of leaving his family's home and has been suffering from recurring nightmares.
  • Neighbours reporting problems with a dog escaping from the garden and dogs being trained by the couple to attack.
  • Reports of arguing, shouting and foul language coming from the couple's house.
  • The garden and street being littered with bags full of rubbish, empty beer cans and other household waste.
  • Ms Thompson repeatedly failing to attend or keep appointments with Hyndburn Homes staff who had been trying to deal with residents' complaints.

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".

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