Noisy neighbours forced to leave their Peterborough home

Peterborough Magistrates' Court
Peterborough Magistrates' Court
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Noisy neighbours have been moved out of their Peterborough home after ignoring repeated warnings about anti-social behaviour.

Police and housing association Cross Keys Homes had received numerous complaints since November 2013 about the behaviour of a 37-year-old woman and another family member who lived at the flat in Heath Row, Dogsthorpe.

These included shouting, arguing, loud music played until the early hours of the morning, fighting and use of cannabis.

On Friday, 2 JanuaryP, following an application by police which was supported by Cross Keys, a closure order was issued under section 80 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

The order removes the two people from their home to live in temporary accommodation for three months.

The court heard how the woman had received several warnings about potential action and had agreed to sign an acceptable behaviour contract.

The pair were also provided with family support workers but the anti-social behaviour continued and a neighbour decided to move away.

Cross Keys successfully applied for possession of the flat but the possession order was suspended when the woman agreed to abide by stringent conditions.

However, she failed to abide by the conditions when a new tenant moved in below her which led to the application for the closure order.

Cross Keys are now expected to seek an eviction.

Sgt Warren Bottell, who led the application process, believes the order will bring respite to the neighbour.

He said: “The woman had many chances to change her behaviour and was provided with suitable support, however there comes a time when firm action is needed.

Gemma Wood, anti-social behaviour manager at Cross Keys Homes, said: “This case is a real example of how agencies work together to safeguard victims of anti-social behaviour and support perpetrators to change their behaviour.”