Bailiffs kick out nuisance neighbour

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A NUISANCE neighbour has been kicked out of her council flat for making the lives of nearby residents a misery for months.

Maureen Kerr has been evicted from her home in Otterburn Court, Whitley Bay, by North Tyneside Council’s safer estates team for repeated anti-social behaviour.

Neighbours of the 49-year-old helped provide the evidence the council needed to evict her by reporting incidents of disruptive behaviour.

Colin Boxshall, safer estates manager at the council, said: “We’re grateful to the residents who helped provide the evidence we needed to secure this eviction.”

Sergeant Mal Wallace, of Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team, added: “The police and local authority are determined to ensure everyone is able to enjoy peace and quiet in their own homes and neighbourhood.

“This case is an excellent example of the local community and law enforcement agencies working together to deal effectively with those individuals who cause crime and disorder on our estates.

“It should serve as a warning to those involved in anti-social behaviour that they will be challenged and could lose their home.”

Neighbours complained of late-night drinking sessions at Kerr’s flat and rowdy and abusive behaviour by visitors, prompting repeated call-outs by the police.

Kerr was found to be in breach of her tenancy agreement by North Shields County Court a year ago last month and issued with a postponed possession order.

However, her misbehaviour continued, and in January she was given 14 days to leave her council flat but refused to go and had to be forced out by bailiffs.