24 March, 2015
Chevin Housing Association recently secured five anti-social behaviour injunctions against a group of individuals who were causing anti-social behaviour on an estate in Doncaster.
Prior to commencing injunction proceedings, there had been numerous complaints made from neighbouring residents of rowdy, drunken, abusive behaviour. This included shouting, arguing, foul language and intimidation towards neighbouring residents. Two of the Defendants had used actual violence against other residents. Despite the attempts made by Chevin to tackle the street drinking and anti-social behaviour on the estate through non-legal interventions, the behaviour of the individuals continued placing a drain on the resources of the police, the local authority and Chevin.
At an initial hearing Chevin secured five individual interim anti-social behaviour injunctions with attached power of arrest. The terms of the injunctions placed strict prohibitions on the Defendants' behaviour whilst on the estate and excluded two individuals from the estate altogether. An undertaking was accepted from another individual.
Two of the Defendants resisted the applications but on the day of the final trial, four injunctions with attached power of arrest were made until 2016. In addition a final injunction, without a power of arrest was made against the final Defendant.
Following the conclusion of the matter, Clare Baum, ASB & Interventions Officer for Chevin, said "As a Registered Provider of Social Housing Chevin is committed to tacking all incidents of anti-social behaviour and takes violence and harassment very seriously. Protecting victims and preventing abuse is very important to us".
Shirley Faragher of Forbes Solicitors who represented Chevin also commented ""Forbes Solicitors are delighted to have secured this outcome for our client. This is a perfect example of a Registered Provider acting in accordance with its policy and procedure and engaging other agencies to address serious ASB. The outcome in this case will hopefully reassure victims that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated within our client's housing stock."
By taking this action, Chevin were able to give the Defendants an opportunity to address their behaviour so that they could remain in their homes, whilst also protecting the victims of anti-social behaviour. However, any breaches of the injunctions will be taken seriously and possession proceedings will be an option if they are breached.
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