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ALMO secures ASBO against dog faeces-throwing 12-year-old

29th January 2015

ALMO Stockport Homes has secured an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) against a 12-year-old.  Stockport Magistrates’ Court granted the ASBO this week  against Justin Carley after hearing that he threw dog faeces at a van, kicked a football at local residents’ properties and cars, threw stones at homes and climbed on garden gates.  The juvenile also rode his bike through a local library and used offensive language when asked to leave. He later threatened to smash the lib...

Social tenant evicted after sons' reign of terror

22nd January 2015

A family from Birkenhead has been evicted from their social housing property after a string of anti-social behaviour. Following a hearing at Birkenhead County Court last week, Julia O’Quigley, of Hoblyn Road, has been given 60 days to vacate her home, where she and her family have lived for the last 10 years. Over the last 18 months numerous complaints have been made about the family's ASB and criminal behaviour, and O’Quigley's two teenage sons have reportedly been terrorising tena...

Police provide update on 'suspicious' fire at firm holding up Tottenham Hotspur's stadium plans

21st January 2015

Police are continuing to investigate a fire at a firm embroiled in a long-running legal battle with Tottenham Hotspur. One of Archway Sheet Metal Works' (ASMW) buildings caught ablaze in the early hours of 25 November - a fire that the police are still treating as "suspicious". In a statement, the MET police said: "An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire and at this early stage the fire is being treated as suspicious. Officers from Haringey are in the process of exploring all...

30-year tenant evicted as council tackles ASB across borough

20th January 2015

A nightmare tenant whose drunken arguments with her son made her neighbours' lives a misery has been evicted from her North London home of 30 years.  Frequent foul language-littered rows between Caroline Stavrou, 56, and Andrew Stavrou, 29, over several years drove residents in Grove Park, Hornsey, to despair.  Many suffered abuse from the pair when they tried to confront them about their behaviour, and despite three separate injunctions banning her son from visiting the house, Stavr...

Council take up loan shark fight

20th January 2015

A London local authority has teamed up with a pioneering team to tackle illegal money lending in its borough. Trading standards officers from Hackney Council are working with the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) to tackle loan sharks and bring them to justice. Deputy Mayor Sophie Linden said: “Loan sharks are criminals who prey on vulnerable people and they are blight on our communities. They fleece their victims and have been known to use intimidation and violence to get their money. &l...

£45,000 fine for homeowner who damaged listed building

16th January 2015

The owner of a London Grade II listed building who repeatedly ignored council officers’ advice while carrying out building work has been fined £45,000. This week, Maurice Lawee, of 1 Wildwood Road, Hampstead Garden Suburb, pleaded guilty to four offences of carrying out unauthorised work to a listed building at Willesden Magistrates' Court. The court heard that Lawee bought the house within the historic Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation area in 2008 for £3.7 million. The hou...

Landlord who put tenants’ lives at risk prosecuted

15th January 2015

Oldham Council has prosecuted a private landlord for failing to ensure his properties were safe to live in. This week, Stuart Mather, 38, of Oxford Place, Manchester, pleaded guilty to 13 breaches of the Management of House in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations. In June last year, the council received numerous complaints from tenants living in three of Mather’s properties in Moss Bank, Queen Street. Environmental Health Officers inspected the homes and discovered a catalogue ...

£800,000 fraud drives homelessness charity into administration

15th January 2015

A Welsh homelessness charity has declared itself insolvent and has gone into administration after becoming the victim of a massive £800,000 fraud. Cyrenians Cymru, which tackles homelessness in the Swansea area and beyond, began a financial investigation at the end of last year which uncovered a "systematic and extensive suspected fraud". The charity's finance director, Mark Davies, was dismissed and arrested in December in connection with the suspected crime. This week, a 40-year-old wo...

Council building rammed by car in string of arson attacks

15th January 2015

Police have confirmed that a car rammed a council office building in a string of suspected arson attacks in South Oxfordshire. South Oxfordshire District Council's offices and a funeral parlour, both in Crowmarsh Gifford, were both set ablaze in the early hours of this morning. A thatched cottage and a nearby derelict building in Roke Marsh were also set alight. Police have arrested a 47-year-old man in connection with the fires and have said that they their investigation is focussing on all thr...

Snake concerns as Christopher Lee evicted for anti-social behaviour

13th January 2015

Two social housing tenants have been evicted for anti-social behaviour, which included concern for a pet snake. Tenants Christopher Lee and Nicola Coghlan were told at Liverpool Civil and Family Court on Friday that they have to leave their home by 20 February after Lee breached an injunction and both breached the terms of their tenancy with their sustained ASB. Lee was also given a 28-day suspended prison sentence. Landlord Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) brought proceedings against the pair in 2013...