Man is banned from posing as housing officer

James Newton, a former director of the Queens Park Residents Association
James Newton, a former director of the Queens Park Residents Association

Action has been taken against a Blackpool community worker following allegations he impersonated senior housing officials and gained access to people’s homes.

Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH) and Blackpool Council have secured an injunction order against James Newton, a former director of the Queens Park Residents Association.

Both organisations said they had received complaints that Mr Newton, who is based at The Lakes Community Office on Langdale Place, Mereside, had provided misleading advice and displayed offensive behaviour.

It is also alleged he had been impersonating a senior member of staff resulting in tenants allowing him into their homes and disclosing personal information to him.

Following a hearing at Blackpool County Court on July 8, a final injunction order was made banning him from causing a nuisance, using threatening language, or passing himself off as an official.

The 53-year-old, formerly of Crummock Place, Mereside, is also banned from approaching any witnesses involved in the case.

Mr Newton said he could not comment when approached by The Gazette.