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INJUNCTION FOR THROWING AN ARMCHAIR OUT THE WINDOW

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Residents and staff at a Billingham tower block are breathing a sigh of relief after Middlesbrough County Court gra...
Residents and staff at a Billingham tower block are breathing a sigh of relief after Middlesbrough County Court granted an injunction against an antisocial neighbour.

Stockton Council and Tristar Homes Limited sought the injunction after neighbours and security guards reported several serious incidents at the flat. It prevents the tenant from throwing or dropping objects from any window in the block and from harassing, intimidating or verbally abusing any witnesses. Breaching these terms could result in the tenant's arrest. And, if would-be visitors will not leave when asked, the tenant must call the police.

The judge heard how the tenant threw various items - including an armchair - out of an 11th floor window, the armchair narrowly missing a security officer. Neighbours also complained of loud music, shouting and abusive language from the tenant, who blamed guests for throwing the items from the window.

Tristar Homes, which manages Stockton Council's housing stock, acted swiftly to protect its tenants, applying for an injunction to stop the behaviour.

Dave Chambers, Billingham Housing Services team leader for Tristar Homes Limited, said: 'We really do have the other residents to thank for their support in helping to curb the activities of this individual.

'The incidents took place over a fairly short period and we worked very hard to try to persuade the tenant to behave properly. In the end, after efforts by Tristar staff, warnings from security officers, visits from Council anti-social behaviour officers and the police and eventually a threat of legal action, we had no choice but to act.

'Unruly and antisocial behaviour is completely unacceptable in our properties, and we will work with our partners to take whatever action is necessary to quickly stamp it out.

'Hopefully, this will be the end of the matter and the flats can become peaceful once more. The vast majority of our residents are very good tenants and they have a right to expect to be able to live in peace. We respect that and we will not tolerate the actions of those who do not.'

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