New eviction warning to neighbours from hell

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People have been told to behave themselves or risk being evicted from their homes.

Police and housing association Spire Homes yesterday took action to evict a family who had been causing trouble at a home in Cromwell Court, Cromwell Road, Rushden.

Insp Vaughan Clarke, police sector commander for East Northamptonshire, warned that such an eviction was a tactic which could – and would – be used.

He said: “Eviction is a sanction and one we will use against these families who make life a misery for their neighbours.

“Anybody who comes to our attention through anti-social behaviour or criminality can expect a very strong focus on them.

“This is a viable tactic to remove them from the community.

“The eviction yesterday was led by Spire Homes, following a problem they had with one of their tenants.

“We had concerns about anti-social behaviour and criminality associated with that address.”

Insp Clarke said eviction was a serious matter because as well as leaving families homeless it would also prohibit them from renting private accommodation as the eviction would go on their housing record.

A neighbour who lives near the home the family were evicted from in Rushden yesterday said: “I think it’s good they have done something, it’s definitely better them not being here.

“When there’s people like that the police should do something.

“It will be a better place now.”

A Spire Homes spokesman said: “We always work really hard with local agencies and our residents to avoid evictions.

“Sometimes, despite everyone’s best efforts, these fail to work and we are forced to take action.

“It is always our preference to help people stay in their homes and work with them to maintain their tenancies.”

A Kettering Council spokesman said it had evicted 25 tenants in 2011-12 and 24 in 2010-11 and used eviction as a last resort when all other approaches had failed.

The council has a housing stock of 3,800 homes.

The eviction warnings follow reports last month that hundreds of the county’s most troubled families are set to receive help to get back into work and school as part of a plan to tackle jobless yobs and anti-social behaviour.

Northamptonshire County Council has to submit a list of up to 1,200 families to the Government by April 30 as part of a new £488m scheme to turn around the lives of the UK’s most troubled families.