Anti-social tenant removed from flat in Brighton

A 35-year-old council tenant who intimidated and verbally abused her neighbours has been banned from the flat in Brighton for three months.

Sussex Police said the flat, in Dorset Gardens, Kemptown, was closed and secured after a hearing before Brighton magistrates on Thursday.

Anyone entering the flat during the three months, including the tenant, will be committing an offence.

Police said the tenant's anti-social behaviour included suspected drug use.

A police spokesman said she used foul language and homophobic abuse to make neighbours' lives "hell" and groups of drunken youths gathered outside the flat.

One of the residents affected was aged 90.

Last resort

Glass jars containing hot oil were also thrown out of the premises, hitting council workers, and neighbours had to stop allowing dogs into their own gardens because they feared for their safety.

A police spokesman said the closure order was obained as a last resort after a great deal of work to try to ease the anti-social behavour.

The case was taken to court by police and Brighton and Hove City Council after residents had been encouraged to report incidents and provide evidence.

"All the agencies involved would like to thank the local residents for overcoming their fears in order to report incidents and provide witness evidence," said Jenny Knight, the council's anti-social behaviour co-ordinator.

A spokesman for the council said it was believed the tenant had family living in the city.

In such a case, she could reapply to be housed by the council but is likely to be judged to have become intentionally homeless because of her behaviour.

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