Neigh­bour from hell kicked out of home

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AWEST Lan­cashire man has been evicted after po­lice had to tackle three se­ri­ous dis­tur­bances at his home in four months.

Steven Miller was also thrown out for fail­ing to keep his home in good con­di­tion.

Wi­gan County Court heard that, on the third oc­ca­sion, po­lice were called after claims by some­one in the house that a gang of up to 15 men were threat­en­ing to smash down the door of the maisonette at Ev­ing­ton, Tan­house, Skelmers­dale.

But, when po­lice tried to get in­for­ma­tion from Mr Miller and other peo­ple in the prop­erty as to who was in­volved, they re­fused to pro­vide a writ­ten state­ment.

Coun­cil staff had warned Mr Miller, 39, a West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil tenant, that after the first two in­ci­dents he and peo­ple liv­ing at his home were caus­ing up­set to neigh­bours, as well as wast­ing the time of the emer­gency ser­vices.

The coun­cil had also be­come aware that at least one drug user was a close as­so­ciate, and Mr Miller was told that if he had drug users and crim­i­nals at the prop­erty then trou­ble would in­evitably fol­low and the coun­cil would hold him re­spon­si­ble.

After this warn­ing, the coun­cil was ad­vised by po­lice that they had seen his home in a “chaotic” state, and there were dan­ger­ous, un­capped nee­dles.

The lo­cal author­ity felt this was po­ten­tially a se­ri­ous breach of his te­nancy agree­ment as it was a risk to the health and safety of coun­cil staff, con­trac­tors, po­lice, neigh­bour­ing ten­ants and the oc­cu­pants.

Mr Miller agreed to an in­spec­tion of the prop­erty, but he failed to keep the ap­point­ment and a week later an as­so­ciate told coun­cil staff that he was in hospi­tal. After he failed to re­spond to fur­ther at­tempts by the coun­cil to ar­range an in­spec­tion, and po­lice had to deal with the third dis­tur­bance, staff be­gan evic­tion pro­ceed­ings.

The court granted pos­ses­sion of the prop­erty back to the coun­cil and Mr Miller was evicted on Au­gust 22.

He was not at the prop­erty when the evic­tion took place.

The coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­nity safety, Cllr Kevin Wright, said: “Ten­ants are re­spon­si­ble for the behaviour of peo­ple com­ing to their homes and the coun­cil takes its role in try­ing to en­sure peace on our hous­ing es­tates very se­ri­ously, so that res­i­dents can qui­etly en­joy their homes.

“Ten­ants could face le­gal ac­tion if peo­ple vis­it­ing them be­have in an anti-so­cial man­ner.”

The port­fo­lio holder for hous­ing and land­lord ser­vices, Cllr Jenny For­shaw, said: “Ten­ants are re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing their prop­er­ties in a good con­di­tion.

“Fail­ing to do so is a clear breach of the te­nancy agree­ment. When this was com­bined with the dis­tur­bances at the prop­erty, the coun­cil took ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to evict Mr Miller.”

Ev­ing­ton, in Skelmers­dale, where Steven Miller lived, be­fore his evic­tion fol­low­ing three dis­tur­bances at his prop­erty

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