Neighbours relieved as problem family evicted
NEIGHBOURS of "seriously anti-social" residents in Exmouth have described their eviction as "a relief".
East Devon District Council tenants Marjorie MacManus, 53, and Kirsty MacManus, 28, were evicted on Saturday, October 27, following the granting of a Premises Closure Order at Exeter Magistrates Court.
Jamie Burke, 37, was also subject to the order which had been applied for by the police.
The East Devon District Council-owned property on Village Close, Littleham, has now been boarded up.
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The court order means no one is allowed into the property for its three-month duration.
As landlords of the property, the council is now required to apply to Devon County Court for repossession of the property.
The council and police worked together to take action against the occupants after numerous complaints were received from residents regarding domestic incidents, shouting, arguing, drinking and abusive and threatening behaviour. The order was granted under the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, described the granting of the order as a "relief" to the community.
"There were people coming and going all the time, every day and night," she said.
"There was lots of noise including shouting and swearing. This went on for months, what seems like forever. The police were always up here.
"I felt like I had to keep my doors and windows locked for fear of what might happen. I felt very intimidated.
"I'm hoping and praying they won't be allowed back."
Another neighbour said visitors to the house would often end up in other people's gardens, causing a nuisance to neighbours.
"They frightened people," he added.
Councillor Jill Elson, cabinet member for sustainable homes and communities, said: "We will not tolerate continuous anti-social behaviour from our tenants spoiling the neighbourhood for other residents.
"I would like to thank the residents living nearby for their patience while we tried to resolve the issues and gathered evidence for the court case."
John Golding, head of housing, said the police and the council worked in partnership to secure sufficient evidence to deal with the case of "serious anti-social behaviour".
"Our success in obtaining this closure order demonstrates we are prepared to take action in cases where tenants are in breach of their tenancy agreements," he added.
Inspector Antonia Weeks for Exmouth and Coastal East Devon added: "In view of the number of complaints being made about the property we felt we had to take positive action so neighbours could enjoy a much better quality of life than that which they have had to put up with recently."