Council takes possession of tenant’s property

By on 26/08/2010 in News

Birmingham County Court has granted an anti social behaviour injunction (ASBI) against a council tenant and granted Birmingham City Council an outright possession order of her home, bringing an end to her reign of drunken, disorderly and abusive behaviour that has blighted the lives of Northfield residents.

Julie Davis (42), of Hoggs Lane, Northfield was today evicted from her home and handed down an ASBI, which barrs her from entering Hoggs Lane, Dimsdale Road.

She was also ordered not to cause nuisance, annoyance or harassment to other residents, or  use or threaten violence. The Injunction protects residents, visitors and any other persons lawfully present in Hoggs Lane or Dimsdale Road,  Northfield.  Miss Davis' ASBI is in place until June 2011.

Miss Davis was served with her order on 3 July 2010, following the court ruling on 29 June 2010.

Locally based Northfield housing officers, who specialise in tackling anti-social behaviour, worked alongside the council's environmental officers and legal team, in partnership with the West Midlands Police, to take the matter to the courts, after residents' complaints about Miss Davis' behaviour.

Miss Davis had consistently behaved in a drunken and disorderly way and been verbally abusive towards residents over the course of the last 4 years. She had also used obscene and abusive language towards neighbours. Residents felt harassed by her behaviour late at night, when she would frequently sit in her window shouting out onto the street and banging her fists on the window.

Local residents, officers and a local Councillor Eddie Freeman gave evidence against Miss Davis.

Local resident, Councillor Eddie Freeman said: “Miss Davis has caused ongoing nuisance to the residents, myself included, within the locality of Hoggs Lane. Miss Davis is notorious within the area and I'm extremely pleased with the result of the court case. I am looking forward to being able to walk within my neighbourhood without being subjected to verbal abuse. It clearly demonstrates that it is imperative that people stand up to people that continue to cause anti social behaviour within our neighbourhoods.”

In response to the verdict, Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing added: “When will these people ever learn? This is yet another example of the small number of people who have not yet realised Birmingham City Council Housing will not tolerate abusive, thoughtless behaviour so long as I am Cabinet Member.

“I'm delighted by the efforts of my Housing officers, who worked in partnership with the police to restore community safety and bring this tenant to account. Let this be a message to others, I will not hesitate to take action against those anti social behaviour.”

Councillor Ayoub Khan, Cabinet Member for Local services and Community Safety commented: “I am pleased with the outcome. It demonstrates that individuals have trust in both the police and council to tackle anti social behaviour and I am particularly pleased that the suffering encountered by the concerned residents will now come to an end.”

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Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

Notes to editors
Anti Social Behaviour Injunctions. Local authorities can apply to the civil courts for injunctions to restrain antisocial behaviour that constitutes a public nuisance. Injunctions can prohibit the individual from entering the area where the nuisance has been committed and may also contain other prohibitions designed to restrain the type of anti social behaviour which has caused the public nuisance. Penalty for breach of conditions of an injunction can result in up to two years' imprisonment and/or unlimited fine for contempt of court.

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