Plymouth couple evicted from their home after antisocial behaviour

Following a recent court hearing, Plymouth City Council secured a closure order on a couple’s property following repeated complaints about their antisocial behaviour.

Kerry Milner and Lee Burnard had already been accused of drug and alcohol misuse at the property, in addition to creating excessive noise, in a previous court hearing.

The town’s Magistrates’ Court heard that police had spent months gathering sufficient evidence against the couple in order to support the council’s case, with neighbours’ complaints regarding their unacceptable behaviour also taken into account.

The order was made under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act of 2014, and the decision was supported by Plymouth Community Homes, owners of the property where Mr Burnard and Ms Milner were living.

The council said the next step would see an application for a full possession order.

Inspector Brent Ireland, of Plymouth police, said: “Police have shared residents’ concerns about this address for some time and have used this new legislation to good effect to help those residents whose lives have suffered from unacceptable anti-social behaviour from this property over an extended period.

“Anti-social behaviour significantly impacts people’s quality of life and this can only be tackled by the partner agencies supporting the local residents.

“If anyone is suffering similar problems within their neighbourhood we would urge them not to suffer in silence and to come forward to talk to police or report concerns anonymously through Crimestoppers.”

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Nigel is the Managing Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution in the London office of Mackrell Turner Garrett.