Family from hell finally evicted

PC Rachael Jackson
PC Rachael Jackson
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A Leyland family have been evicted from their home after complaints of anti-social behaviour.

The family, which the Guardian has chosen not to name, were initially served with an eviction notice in June of last year.

They appealed the decision and, after a number of attempts by police in Leyland and a local housing authority, finally left their home in Morley Croft last week.

The Guardian reported previously how patrols were stepped up in the area after police were called out to almost 100 incidents in just six months. They included reports of criminal damage, assaults, and gangs travelling from other areas to target the community.

Community beat manager, PC Rachael Jackson, said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour is a key priority for the police.

“We understand the impact it can have on the whole of the community and the safety of local residents, and it will not be tolerated.”

One resident, who did not wish to be named, called for urgent action after saying their neighbourhood had been blighted. He said: “There has been a constant police presence for months now.

“Residents were at the end of their tether. This is a lovely area and it was being ruined.”

The eviction was served by Great Places Housing Group, which owned the property in June, with the family expected to leave on July 24.

As the process was subject to appeal, they managed to remain at their home until Wednesday, when they left of their own accord.

Stephen Porter, chief executive at Great Places Housing Group, said “Great Places worked closely with the police, Neighbourhood Watch and residents to take this course of action after exhausting all other avenues.”