How a leading housing provider has clamped down on nightmare Hartlepool neighbours with police

A leading housing landlord and police have spoken of the benefits of working together after taking legal action against a number of nightmare neighbours.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 11:24 am

Housing association Thirteen and Hartlepool Neighbourhood Policing Team have combined forces to secure a number of injunctions over the last year in response to nuisance behaviour and improve the lives of its customers and other local residents.

In the last year nine injunctions have been put in place.

Recent court orders obtained in Hartlepool include one against a 33-year-old woman following complaints of noise, rowdy behaviour and threats to neighbours. It is in place until March 2023.

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Thirteen’s tenancy enforcement co-ordinators John Grace and Claire Spencer with Cleveland Police’s Hartlepool Neighbourhoods Inspector Danny Trippett.
Thirteen’s tenancy enforcement co-ordinators John Grace and Claire Spencer with Cleveland Police’s Hartlepool Neighbourhoods Inspector Danny Trippett.

A 54-year-old man was also taken to court and sentenced to 105 days in prison for five breaches of an injunction previously obtained by Thirteen.

The breaches included noise, shouting and offensive behaviour.

Kay Glew, director of operations at Thirteen, said: “Thirteen’s absolute priority is the safety and wellbeing of our customers and of local communities like those in Hartlepool.

"We take reports of anti-social behaviour very seriously because it causes distress and blights communities. By working closely with the Hartlepool Neighbourhood Police team, and with Hartlepool Borough Council, we’ve been able to tackle a number of issues head on and help improve the quality of life locally.

"We look forward to carrying on working in partnership with local agencies to support even more people.”

The housing association also helped to get an injunction against a 46-year-old woman who does not live in a Thirteen property but had been abusive towards their staff and her neighbours, some of whom are vulnerable or have disabilities.

People subject to an injunction can be arrested if they are found in breach of it and could receive a prison sentence of up to two years.

Cleveland Police’s Hartlepool Neighbourhoods Inspector Danny Trippett added: “Thirteen are a vital partner in tackling issues with antisocial behaviour in our communities.

"No one should have to face threats or abuse from their neighbours and we will use our enforcement powers to support their work in securing injunctions.

“Everyone has a right to feel safe where they live and work.”

Residents concerned about antisocial behaviour can call the team on 101.

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