Man evicted from Northumberland council home after 'serious anti-social behaviour'

Beal Close in Blyth
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A man has been evicted from his council home in Northumberland for crime and anti-social behaviour.

On June 27, Michael Cole was evicted from his home on Beal Close in Blyth following a catalogue of anti-social behaviour in and around the property, which was set to have caused misery and fear to his neighbours and the local community. Over a series of months, there was persistent noise, disturbance and criminal behaviour at the property at all times of the day which spilled out onto the streets and neighbouring properties.

Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police carried out the eviction of Mr Cole through the courts due to breaches of his tenancy agreement. Both bodies say they hope the eviction sends a clear message that crime and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated on the county's estates.

Northumberland County Councillor Gordon Stewart added that the property could go to someone in genuine housing need, rather than a "persistent trouble-maker". Coun Stewart said: "Seeking an eviction is not a decision we take lightly, but we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and criminal behaviour, whether it takes place in the property or in the community, by the tenant or people visiting the property.

"We made attempts to engage with the tenant, who showed no interest in listening to us or the police and did not seem to care about the distress this behaviour was causing those around him.

"Residents have the right to quiet enjoyment of their homes, free from violent and anti-social behaviour and I am sure there has been a sigh of relief in Beal Close now Cole has gone. It really has not been a nice place to live recently."

Inspector Jonathan Caisley from Northumbria Police said: "We hope this eviction offers peace of mind to the local residents who have been affected by this serious anti-social behaviour and that our firm stance will mean other residents are not frightened to come forward and report anti-social behaviour."