Council puts brakes on Kettering bike hoarder

Debbie Rowley hoarded these bikes in her garden.
Debbie Rowley hoarded these bikes in her garden.

A Kettering tenant who hoarded almost 200 bikes in her garden has been fined for anti-social behaviour.

Debbie Rowley, 47, failed to remove the bikes and numerous parts from her council house in Elm Road despite being served with enforcement warnings and notices.

The bikes and parts were piled high in her back garden with items also left in her front garden.

Kettering Council took her to Northampton Magistrates' Court for failing to comply with a community protection notice under anti-social behaviour laws. Magistrates ordered her to pay more than £2,200 in fines, legal costs and removal fees.

John Conway, head of housing at Kettering Council, said: “Tenants have a duty under their tenancy agreements to look after their homes and to be good neighbours.

"Where tenants have genuine difficulties in keeping to their agreements, we will do our best to help and support them.

"However, where residents flagrantly disregard their responsibilities, we will not hesitate to pursue a solution through the courts, as we have done in this case.”

Magistrates also approved the council’s application for a forfeiture order giving them permission to enter the property to remove all of the bicycles and parts and dispose of them.