EVIC­TION FOR ‘ANTI-SO­CIAL’ 71-YEAR-OLD

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK kirsten.beacock@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A PEN­SIONER aged 71 has been evicted from his shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion in Peter­bor­ough be­cause of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

El­derly Colin Keenan has been evicted by court or­der from his home in a shel­tered hous­ing scheme at Pine­tree Close, Dogsthorpe, af­ter a cat­a­logue of com­plaints from neigh­bours at the com­plex.

A PEN­SIONER who, it is claimed, made life hell for his el­derly neigh­bours, and even threat­ened to fight them dur­ing months of rowdy late night be­hav­iour, has been thrown out of his home.

El­derly Colin Keenan (71) has been evicted by court or­der from his home in a shel­tered hous­ing scheme at Pine­tree Close, Dogsthorpe, af­ter a cat­a­logue of com­plaints from neigh­bours at the com­plex, which houses up to 50 peo­ple.

Of­fi­cials at hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion Cross Keys Homes com­piled a dossier of com­plaints over the course of a year.

A Cross Keys spokesper­son said the evic­tion fol­lowed months of noise nui­sance and threats of vi­o­lence to­wards neigh­bours. One res­i­dent has even told how the dis­tur­bances left her too ner­vous to go out and that she had needed med­i­ca­tion as a re­sult.

Cross Keys Homes of­fi­cials said Mr Keenan moved into the com­plex, which fea­tures a mix of one and two bed­room flats and bun­ga­lows, in May last year and com­plaints be­gan shortly af­ter.

Some neigh­bours claimed Mr Keenan, who some­times used a mo­bil­ity scooter, was of­ten seen in a state of un­dress.

They also re­ported num­bers of peo­ple vis­it­ing his res­i­dence at all hours of the day and night and ‘drunken noise’.

De­spite in­ter­ven­tion by Cross Keys’ anti-so­cial be­hav­iour team warn­ing Mr Keenan about his be­hav­iour, prob­lems con­tin­ued and a pos­ses­sion or­der was granted in Fe­bru­ary by a court but was sus­pended on the con­di­tion that there were no fur­ther is­sues.

But of­fi­cials said it was not long be­fore there were more prob­lems in­volv­ing Mr Keenan.

The hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion was helped by many neigh­bours to com­pile a dossier on Mr Keenan, be­fore he was fi­nally evicted.

One el­derly neigh­bour, who asked not to be named, said it had been a “peace­ful” neigh­bour­hood be­fore his ar­rival.

She said: “You don’t need that sort of thing at our time of life, it re­ally was hell at times.

“There was a lot of noise, not so much from him but from the peo­ple he had round un­til all hours of the night, which was mainly shout­ing and swear­ing.

“I am very pleased he has gone. It got so I didn’t want to go out as I felt too ner­vous, and my doc­tor had to give me med­i­ca­tion to help with that.”

Cross Keys Homes anti-so­cial be­hav­iour man­ager, Gemma Wood, said: “We al­ways fo­cus on in­ter­ven­tion and pre­ven­tion mea­sures, par­tic­u­larly in this case as Mr Keenan is an older man.

“We took ev­ery step to sup­port him in keep­ing his ten­ancy with us.

She added: “Evic­tion is al­ways a last re­sort.

“How­ever, we will take ro­bust ac­tion against those that cause anti-so­cial be­hav­iour to pro­tect those liv­ing in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Neigh­bour­hood man­ager, Dee Hol­man, who worked to sup­port af­fected res­i­dents, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic re­sult for the res­i­dents.

“They can now re­turn to liv­ing their lives with­out the fear of con­tin­ued an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour. I hope their courage en­cour­ages other res­i­dents to join to­gether and take a stand against anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.”

It is not known where Mr Keenan has moved to but it is un­der­stood he is be­ing helped by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil of­fi­cials.

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