Nuisance family in home eviction

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A FAMILY has been thrown out of their home after 10 years of trouble in a Blackpool neighbourhood.

Police and Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH) acted yesterday to evict the family from their house on Tyrone Avenue, Bispham after complaints from the community.

And officers today said their actions show they will not tolerate anti-social behaviour.

But some neighbours today claimed the eviction is unfair.

The family has been in the headlines before after one son became one of the youngest in the country to receive an Anti Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) - aged just 10 - in 2004.

And PC Paul Dorrian, from the area’s community beat team, said: “The son got an Asbo because of anti-social behaviour and burglaries which were being committed.

“I took over the patch three years ago and there was a stabbing incident in 2009, and there have been numerous occurrences of anti-social behaviour.

“For local residents they have been a nightmare, not just here but on surrounding streets as well.”

But some neighbours who spoke to The Gazette claim problems had gone since the oldest children moved away, and they could not understand the police and housing association taking action.

Tara Ives, 40, who lives opposite said: “I’ve never had any problem with them.

“There were two young boys and they were always polite. The only problems we’ve ever had were a couple of years ago when the older boy lived there and there was a stabbing in the street.

“I never heard a thing from them and I can’t understand it.”

And neighbour John James, 67, added: “The kids have not caused a problem any more than any other kids on the street.

“There’s been a couple of incidents but that was some time ago, so I’m surprised.”

But one elderly neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve lived here 60 years and I’m relieved they have gone because I was frightened. They were noisy, shouting and swearing in the middle of the night.”

Peter Jefferson, chief executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, added: “In every case eviction is the last resort and we only apply to the court for eviction notices when all other avenues have been exhausted.

“One of our main priorities is to make sure all of our tenants feel safe in their communities, however in this case there has been a worrying series of serious incidents of anti-social behaviour from the individual and his family.

“We have had to take these steps in the interest of the rest of the community.”