Residents relieved as Police and Council Officers act
After 18 months of living next to the 'neighbours from hell' an resident of Milton Road told me last night: "Thank God it's finally quiet."
Another resident said: "We are just so relieved that this is over. The house looks ghastly boarded up. However, the people who live next door to that house have been living through hell for the past 18 months or more and a boarded-up house is a considerable improvement after all the anti-social behaviour from the occupiers."
A fortnight ago, Ealing Council working together with the Safer Team supported a private landlord in securing the eviction of
occupiers who were allegedly responsible for extreme anti-social
behaviour including fighting, noise nuisance, street drinking, spitting
and verbal abuse.
Most occupiers left the property after the eviction was granted in
November. However council officers and police visited the property on 15 January,
evicted one remaining man and boarded up all windows and the front and back doors.
Councillor Sue Emment, cabinet member for safer communities, said: "These people made life unbearable for residents of Milton Road,
drinking night after night, fighting in the street and vomiting. This situation was simply unacceptable and the council was
determined to take every step necessary to drive them away and set an
example for the rest of the borough."
"Every Ealing resident has a right to feel safe in their homes, in
their streets and beyond and we will not allow a small group of people
to cause misery for the majority. Ensuring our communities are safe, and that people feel safe, is one
of the council's three priorities."
The council's community safety liaison officer Chris Reynolds worked
with the private landlord's solicitor and police to secure the
He said people would regularly come and go from the property, with
allegedly up to 12 people living there at times.
January 30, 2007