Council gets tough to protect elderly tenants

Posted on: 26 August 2014

Council gets tough to protect elderly tenants

Three injunctions and an exclusion zone have been secured to protect residents living in and around the Council’s sheltered accommodation at Catherine Close, Tiverton.

On Saturday 19 July 2014 armed Police were called to a Council property in Catherine Close after reports of a man threatening people with a knife. The man was arrested but only after a long standoff during which the police cut the mains electricity to the property to stop the playing of loud music. This also cut the electricity supply to other properties. The man has been charged to Exeter Crown Court.

This incident led to the Council investigating anti-social behaviour in the area and interviewing residents to find out what problems they were experiencing.  After interviewing residents and obtaining further information from the Police, the Council applied to Exeter County Court for anti-social behaviour injunctions against a Council tenant in Catherine Close and two men connected with the tenant.

One man was classed by the Police as posing  such  a serious threat to the Council tenant and immediate neighbours that an injunction has been imposed so that the man is not allowed to come within the proximity of Catherine Close.  Injunctions have also been imposed on the tenant and the other man so that they are forbidden from

  1. Assaulting, threatening or molesting any person who resides in Catherine Close or Watery Lane, Tiverton
  2. Causing a nuisance or annoyance to any person who resides in Catherin Close of Watery Lane, Tiverton

Residents in the area will be contacted to notify them of these injunctions. There is a power of arrest attached to the injunctions so if any breaches occur the Police should be notified.

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