Social landlords invited to find out how they can tackle anti-social behaviour more effectively


12 March, 2008

According to North-West law firm Forbes Solicitors anti-social behaviour has been a long-standing problem for many social landlords. Until now tackling it has proven to be even more problematic. Forbes is offering a practical session on how to manage these issues more effectively in their half-day event entitled "Getting to grips with anti-social behaviour".

Stuart Penswick, Housing Litigation Associate at Forbes Solicitors says "Incidents of public-drinking, drug use, youth gangs and truancy cause substantial nuisance which often blight local communities and many social landlords have felt isolated in their efforts to fight back. Social housing personnel need to be equipped to deal with such situations should they ever arise, this includes knowing which tools are available to them and knowing how to best prepare their case. We hope that presenting a practical training session alongside a specialist ASB police officer will assist social landlords in tackling the day to day problems they face."

Representatives of Forbes' Housing law team will be joined on the day by specialist Housing Barrister Peter Marcus and Graham Gregson, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for the Safer Preston Partnership.

Peter Marcus has vast experience in the housing sector and was previously a national housing policy and practice advisor. Graham Gregson has been a police officer for over 20 years and has considerable experience in community policing and training. For the last 4 years he has been with the Safer Preston Partnership, during this time he has worked with other agencies and police forces in the North West providing training and advice on neighbourhood management and anti-social behaviour tools and powers.

The seminar will cover:

  • The tools available to tackle ASB and when they should be used
  • How to prepare witness evidence for ASB cases
  • Ombudsmen, failure to act and a case law update

The event will take place at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Tuesday 29th April 2008 from 8.30am to 2.00pm.


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