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Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council successful in a possession hearing at Nuneaton County Court

Published on Friday, 18th November 2022

The court awarded an outright possession order against Luke Armes of Wood Street, Nuneaton, for anti-social behaviour.

The Council began originally receiving complaints about Mr Armes’ behaviour in February 2022.

This included noise nuisance (banging, shouting and loud music) threats to Council staff, threats, verbal abuse to neighbours and damage to property.

The Council did try other legal remedies to resolve the anti-social behaviour emanating from the property by applying for an injunction order against Mr Armes, however, he breached the order.

Anti-Social Behaviour Officers worked in partnership with Warwickshire Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team to gather evidence.

As a result of action taken by the local authority’s anti-social behaviour officers, the case was entered to the County Court to take legal action against Mr Armes with the order for anti-social behaviour awarded on Monday, 26 September.

Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities and Deputy Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Cllr Clare Golby, said:

“I’m pleased that our teams took the action they did in this case.

“Some people believe they have a God-given right to behave in any way they want with drugs, noise and anti-social behaviour deeply affecting people in their neighbourhood who just want to live their lives and enjoy their own homes in peace and quiet. 

“I know this from personal experience it’s a horrible situation to be in and this is why I have supported a radical transformation of the housing team to make dealing with people like Mr Armes swifter and more decisive.

“Plus, as he’s effectively made himself homeless, we have no obligation to support him further.

“People need to exercise personal responsibility and those who follow the same line of behaviour should look at the long-term outcomes and ask themselves is that what they really want to happen to them?’’