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Racist thug banned from housing estate

21st November 2014

A racist thug involved in a series of vicious attacks against Asian men has been banned from a north Manchester housing estate. Fidane Dehaney has been given an ASBO excluding him from the Dam Head estate in Charlestown after social landlord Northwards Housing took action. The 18-year-old has also been banned from associating with fellow gang members. In September Dehaney and a gang of youths were involved in a violent assault on Haddington Drive, when they shouted abuse at the victim, using of...

Housing association demands more powers to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

19th November 2014

A housing association is backing a campaign to give more powers to social landlords to carry out essential gas safety checks and prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. With HAs facing a four-month wait to gain legal access to a property when a tenant refuses entry for a gas check, Eastlands Homes is demanding the same powers as local authorities which are able to gain same-day court orders to force entry. Gas safety checks are vital to keep people protected from CO poisoning and the threat of ex...

Social housing tenant evicted after 50 years because of hoarding problem and death threats

17th November 2014

A tenant has been evicted from the social housing flat he has lived in for over 50 years because of a hoarding problem and for making deaths threats. Landlord North Hertfordshire Homes (NHH) started eviction proceedings against Wilf James over concerns that his hoarding habit has turned his property in Letchworth into a fire hazard, and for being aggressive behaviour towards the 9,000-home provider’s staff. The hoarder made an effort to clear most of the rubbish from his flat last month ...

BMW-driving housing benefit crook sent kids to private school while swindling £thousands

11th November 2014

A welfare cheat who sent her children to private school and drove around in a BMW while illegally helping herself to £43,000 in housing and council tax benefits is facing prison. Jurors at Croydon Crown Court heard that crooked Angella Brown, of Silverleigh Road, Thornton Heath, was also given a social home after lying to Croydon Council that she was homeless and forced to live in overcrowded conditions with a friend. In reality, the thief was married to her landlord and owned a property...

ASB tenant's home repossessed after making neighbours' lives hell

5th November 2014

A social housing tenant has had her New Forest home repossessed and has been given a five-year Anti-social Behaviour Order (ASBO) after a catalogue of incidents against her neighbours. Sovereign Housing Association took action against Helen Marsh, 44, after she routinely verbally abused her neighbours on Earlswood Park, New Milton; was responsible for excessive noise nuisance; and made a series of false allegations against them. Sovereign was awarded outright possession of Marsh’s home by Bournemo...

Prince Charles' Mosaic signs deal to reintegrate prisoners into society

5th November 2014

Prince Charles' mentoring charity, Mosaic, has joined a new partnership with FTSE 250 outsourcing company Mitie to support prisoners on the verge of release.Justice Secretary Chris Grayling witnessed the signing of the agreement which will provide ex-offenders with transferable skills, experience and mentorship, through a series of workshops and training programmes that ultimately lead to a work placement within Mitie.Mosaic’s trained mentors meet prisoners aged 18-35 three to six months before...

Council acting unlawfully against disabled bedroom tax couple, court hears

5th November 2014

A council has been accused of unlawfully discriminating against a disabled couple hit by the government's controversial bedroom tax. At a judicial review this week, Birmingham Administrative Court heard that Sandwell Council's handling of Michael and Jayne Hardy's case amounted to a breach of the couple's human rights. The Hardy's were deemed to have two spare bedrooms in the wake of the under-occupancy policy, and consequently saw £25 slashed from their weekly housing benefit. Though discretionary housing p...

£250,000 fine for jailbird housing benefit fraudster

4th November 2014

A crook who created an audacious housing benefit fraud has been ordered to pay up £250,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Abrar Abbasi was sentenced to 18 months in prison last year for his part in a conspiracy that involved both his sister and his partner. An investigation by Waltham Forest Council, in collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), revealed that when Abbasi and his partner Teresa Belton-Martin moved into his property in Belle Vue Road, Walthamstow in D...

Tottenham hooligans banned from Spurs stadium regeneration estate

3rd November 2014

Seven hooligans have been banned from an estate at the centre of Tottenham Hotspur's stadium regeneration project. The anti-social thugs made the lives of residents on the Love Lane estate a misery as they engaged in a reign of terror that lasted several months earlier this year. Half of the estate is set to be demolished to make way for a walkway into Tottenham's new stadium. Bayran Eren, 25, Saygin Arslan, 20, Mustafa Karakilinc, 21, Baransel Aksu, 18, Sedat Duru, 19, Nathan Mason, 29, and O...

IT equipment in UK's schools and hospitals killing Asian workers

3rd November 2014

Workers in Asia are being killed while assembling IT equipment that the UK government spends billions of pounds on bringing to the country's schools, hospitals and public offices. According to a new report, everyday thousands of workers are soaked in dangerous chemicals without the required protection while making computers and tablets for the British public sector. Electronics Watch and People & Planet's study - ‘Winds of Change’ - documents the unethical and lethal conditions thousands of ele...