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Evicted! – Wigan and Leigh Housing ends ‘Living Hell’ for residents
Friday 5th February, 2010

Families who made life a misery for the community on a Wigan estate have been given their marching orders by Wigan and Leigh Housing.

Sandra Browitt of Gidlow Lane and Philip King of Tulip Drive, both on the Beech Hill estate, have been evicted following the conclusion of a three-day court case.

Browitt and King faced legal action because of the anti-social behaviour cased by them and their families.
Sitting at Liverpool County Court, His Honour Judge Casement heard evidence from a number of former residents from the estate who claimed their lives had been made a ‘living hell’ by the youths. The court also heard evidence from Wigan and Leigh Housing officers and police about what was described as a ‘sustained period of criminal damage, threatening and intimidating behaviour and racial and homophobic abuse.

At the conclusion of the hearing Judge Casement ordered that both families had to vacate by Wednesday January 13. When they failed to do, Wigan and Leigh Housing was left with no choice but to instruct bailiffs to evict them.

King also faced possession action in December as a result of the actions of youths living at his home and partly because of his own actions.

In his summing up, Judge Casement praised the operation, staff and legal teams that had led to case being prepared.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion link to Wigan and Leigh Housing, Cllr Fred Walker says: “These cases are the culmination of a heck of a lot of hard work by both housing staff and the police. It is a shining example of how we work together to tackle anti-social behaviour in our borough. These youths were running amok on this estate and there behaviour was totally unacceptable. Despite attempts to intervene by a number of agencies, they could not be controlled and their behaviour was seriously damaging the community.”

Cllr Walker adds: “We are not prepared to sit idly by as our residents live in fear, the message is simple – behave or you will face action.

“We have seen an 81 per cent increase in the number of actions taken to tackle Anti Social Behaviour over the past two years. We will continue to use the powers available to us to deal with issues such as this quickly and effectively.”

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