A woman has two weeks to leave her council home after seriously damaging the property and subjecting neighbours to loud late night parties and a range of antisocial behaviour.
Kelly Barraclough of 81 Mappleton Grove, Hull, appeared at Hull County Court today (Wed July 10) in connection with a Possession Order for the property. She now has 14 days before she must leave.
Extensive damage had been caused to the property within the last month. Internal doors had been smashed, windows broken, locks damaged and broken, internal walls knocked down, graffiti daubed on internal walls and further damage to fixtures, fittings and the property itself.
The court decision follows a previous case on June 21 this year, where Ms Barraclough was served with a Closure Order which prevented anyone other than herself or her young son entering her home. She had subjected neighbours and others in the community to loud parties continuing into the early hours of the next morning, large numbers of young party guests drinking alcohol and taking drugs, loud music, banging doors, screaming, arguing and sometimes fighting in the street. Threats of violence towards local residents were also made, causing alarm and distress.
Councillor Mike Thompson, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said: “It is extremely rare we would seek a Possession Order. It is a last resort, used only when all other attempts to engage with a tenant and support them to make necessary improvements to their conduct have failed.
“In this case, we felt the only way to safeguard others against Ms Barraclough’s appalling behaviour was to seek possession of the property.
“The way she had treated both her home and her neighbours was utterly unacceptable, showing absolute disregard for anyone else. We, and other services involved, provided many, many opportunities for Ms Barraclough to make changes and access support to do this.
“But our efforts to engage, along with warning letters, Community Protection Notices and Abatement Notices – relating to noise levels and burning of rubbish – all went ignored.
“She made her neighbours’ lives a misery and caused serious damage to a home which must now undergo significant repairs before it is inhabitable for someone else.
“This unfortunate case should be taken as a warning that behaviour like this will not be tolerated and when all other options are exhausted we can and will resort to a Possession Order.
“On behalf of the council, I would like to thank local people who were prepared to come forward, provide evidence and stand up against a problem resident. Our Partner agencies including Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue provided continued support throughout this case, giving other residents essential support and reassurance”.