Eviction from home for Newhaven family due to antisocial behaviour

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A family whose antisocial behaviour caused months of distress for Newhaven residents has been evicted.

Lewes District Council said it had tried to work with the family before evicting them but their behaviour did not change.

The council said it took antisocial behaviour affecting its tenants extremely seriously and worked closely with Sussex Police to ensure residents lived their lives in the quiet enjoyment they were entitled to.

Lead councillor for stakeholder improvement at the council Philip Howson said: “This is another example of the serious view we take of anti-social behaviour within the district.

“This demonstrates not only our commitment to residents but the close working arrangements we have with the Neighbourhood Policing team and also between departments within the council.

“We had tried to work with this family prior to eviction and their behaviour did not change even when the council was granted possession of the property.

“Such behaviour is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with swiftly and decisively.

“If tenants wish to report antisocial behaviour to Lewes District Council they should contact their housing officer.”

The council’s legal department worked with housing services and took details from residents, as well as liaising with Sussex Police to obtain evidence.

The matter was brought before Lewes County Court by the council’s in-house litigator. The judge upheld the warrant of possession.

This swift action led to the eviction being carried out later the same day.