‘Rowdy’ tenant, 71, evicted from home

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A PENSIONER who, it is claimed, made life hell for his elderly neighbours, and even threatened to fight them during months of rowdy late night behaviour, has been thrown out of his home.

Elderly Colin Keenan (71) has been evicted by court order from his home in a sheltered housing scheme at Pinetree Close, Dogsthorpe, after a catalogue of complaints from neighbours at the complex, which houses up to 50 people.

Officials at housing association Cross Keys Homes compiled a dossier of complaints over the course of a year.

A Cross Keys spokesperson said the eviction followed months of noise nuisance and threats of violence towards neighbours. One resident has even told how the disturbances left her too nervous to go out and that she had needed medication as a result.

Cross Keys Homes officials said Mr Keenan moved into the complex, which features a mix of one and two bedroom flats and bungalows, in May last year and complaints began shortly after.

Some neighbours claimed Mr Keenan, who sometimes used a mobility scooter, was often seen in a state of undress.

They also reported numbers of people visiting his residence at all hours of the day and night and ‘drunken noise’.

Despite intervention by Cross Keys’ anti-social behaviour team warning Mr Keenan about his behaviour, problems continued and a possession order was granted in February by a court but was suspended on the condition that there were no further issues.

But officials said it was not long before there were more problems involving Mr Keenan.

The housing association was helped by many neighbours to compile a dossier on Mr Keenan, before he was finally evicted.

One elderly neighbour, who asked not to be named, said it had been a “peaceful” neighbourhood before his arrival.

She said: “You don’t need that sort of thing at our time of life, it really was hell at times.

“There was a lot of noise, not so much from him but from the people he had round until all hours of the night, which was mainly shouting and swearing.

“I am very pleased he has gone. It got so I didn’t want to go out as I felt too nervous, and my doctor had to give me medication to help with that.”

Cross Keys Homes anti-social behaviour manager, Gemma Wood, said: “We always focus on intervention and prevention measures, particularly in this case as Mr Keenan is an older man.

“We took every step to support him in keeping his tenancy with us.

She added: “Eviction is always a last resort.

“However, we will take robust action against those that cause anti-social behaviour to protect those living in our communities.”

Neighbourhood manager, Dee Holman, who worked to support affected residents, said: “This is a fantastic result for the residents.

“They can now return to living their lives without the fear of continued anti-social behaviour. I hope their courage encourages other residents to join together and take a stand against anti-social behaviour.”

It is not known where Mr Keenan has moved to but it is understood he is being helped by Peterborough City Council officials.