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Working together to create safer communities for all

Midland Heart and its partners in Wolverhampton have worked together to resolve problems with anti social behaviour at 2 of its properties that caused misery for the local community.

The zero tolerance stance by the housing association, the City of Wolverhampton Council and West Midlands Police, resulted in 2 longstanding tenants being evicted from their homes in the Whitmore Reans area of the city due to the nuisance and criminal behaviour of their sons.

Both families had lived on the same street for more than 20 years, during which time their sons were involved with a local gang and the possession and supply of class A drugs, openly sold in the locality of the 2 properties.

Although neither tenant had been involved in their sons' criminal behaviour, both had allowed their sons to continue living at the properties and this had contributed to the local area becoming a magnet for anti social behaviour and criminal activity, creating an environment of fear and intimidation for other residents.

Vicki Brownhill, Operations Manager People Team, Midland Heart, explained that Midland Heart had worked closely with the local council and police to take action to create a safer environment for other residents - and also give a strong message to any perpetrator that criminal and anti social behaviour would not be tolerated and could have serious consequences on tenancy.  

"These cases highlight the effectiveness of our joint working both internally and externally with partners," she said. "They clearly show the consequence the actions of individuals in households can have on their family's tenancy and our aim to reassure other residents action will be taken."

She added: "Our housing legal team supports the people team to resolve these type of complex anti social behaviour cases. Legal action is taken as a last resort.

"In these particular cases, legal action has reduced nuisance and the risk of harm to the local community. Our message is strong and clear; anti social behaviour is not tolerated and, where necessary, legal action will be taken."

Karen Samuels, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Head of Community Safety, said: "The eviction of these tenants is the result of excellent partnership working by agencies to tackle a serious problem which was blighting the lives of law abiding residents.

"We want to make our communities safer and better places to live by addressing the root causes of crime and anti social behaviour.

"These actions demonstrate how seriously the authorities take criminal activity and anti social behaviour and sends out a very clear message - drug dealing on our estates will not be tolerated."

Inspector Tracey Packham from Wolverhampton Police said: "This action by Midland Heart is part of our partnership approach to reduce the harm caused by drug dealing. It shows we are committed to longer term solutions for communities to allow them to live their lives without fear.

"It also sends a strong warning message to those involved in drug dealing that we will not tolerate their actions and will take every opportunity to work with partners to deprive them of their foothold in our communities."

  • released: Friday 6 April, 2018