Nuneaton Council evict nuisance tenant after five-year spate of anti-social behaviour incidents

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 27 June 2023

A NUISANCE tenant has been her evicted from her home by Nuneaton Council, after they were successful in a possession hearing at Nuneaton County Court.

A stock image of an eviction notice. (Image: Allan Vega/Unsplash)

The court awarded the outright possession order against Miss Shelley Whitmore, of 9 Thorntons Way, Stockingford, following a number of ‘serious and persistent’ anti-social behaviour incidents caused by Whitmore and visitors, over five years.

Her neighbours had reported many anti-social incidents from her property to the borough council, including causing a noise nuisance, drug use, threatening and abusive behaviour, physical violence towards several individuals including emergency services, riding stolen motorbikes, and criminal damage to property.

A council spokesperson claimed her behaviour, as well as that of her property visitors, had a “detrimental” impact to a number of residents. This seen them raise the alarm with them and “bravely provide evidence”, which helped support their complaints.

Before entering legal proceedings, the local authority did try to resolve the situation, where they worked with supporting professionals, however, she did not engage with the Anti-Social Behaviour Team, which ultimately seen more complaints pile on up.

Legal action was finally taken during a County Court hearing, held on Wednesday, 12 April, with Miss Whitmore’s property being evicted just one month later on 31 May.

Coun. Clare Golby, the borough council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said: “This is another great result for the neighbours and community where Miss Whitmore was living.

“I see all the time certain groups of people spread their misinformation and fantasies about the rise in council evictions, but they should try living with five years of anti-social behaviour, abuse and violence, then try and tell me it’s wrong to remove these people. It’s not. And we will.

“This is yet another resounding success for our housing teams.”

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