Belper woman evicted from home for anti-social behaviour

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A Belper woman has been evicted from her property for anti-social behaviour, thanks to new legislation.

The 45-year-old and visitors to her Futures Housing Group property had been responsible for sustained occurrences of anti-social behaviour during the day and at night since 2013.

Police received almost 100 calls between July 2014 and October 2015 for incidents including physical assaults, criminal damage, threats of violence and verbal abuse.

The woman responsoble was finally evicted after new laws under the Crime and Policing Act led to an Absolute Order of Possession being granted by Derby Crown Court.

Working in partnership with Derbyshire Police and Amber Valley Borough Council, Futures collected evidence and statements from the local community to help build a case.

Carl Harper, Respect Co-ordinator for Futures Homescape, said: “This eviction brought to an end over two years of frustration and distress for many of this woman’s neighbours.

“It has been a long and exhaustive approach that has seen our organisation use new legislation for the first time. These legal reforms have provided extra flexibility and backing and we are one of the first housing providers in Derbyshire to have utilised the absolute ground for possession legislation.

“This positive result could not have been achieved without excellent partnership working between ourselves, Derbyshire Police and Amber Valley Borough Council, combined with the patience, assistance and bravery of the local community.”

All three agencies met on a monthly basis as part of the local Community Safety Partnership to discuss the case and ensure that the right resources were used to resolve these issues.

PC Neil Hopwell, who worked on this case as part of Derbyshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “The result in this case is an excellent illustration of how partner agencies can come together to deal with issues affecting our communities.

“No one should have to live with constant anti-social behaviour on their doorstep and the use of the legislation in this case proves that we will take action against those who inflict misery on others.”