Nuisance neighbour is evicted from her South Shields home

A woman has been evicted from her South Shields home after plaguing residents with her anti-social behaviour.

Friday, 15th April 2016, 1:09 pm
Updated Friday, 15th April 2016, 1:12 pm
Lord Nelson Street in Tyne Dock, South Shields.

Chantelle Connelly, was ordered to leave her council property in Lord Nelson Street after South Tyneside Council secured possession through South Shields County Court.

The court was told that the reports of anti-social behaviour started within weeks of Connelly taking up her introductory tenancy in September last year.

Neighbours have been left intimidated, frightened and distressed by the 21-year-old’s behaviour, which included fighting, shouting, swearing and arguing with her partner both inside and outside the property, day and night, as well as verbal abuse and threats made towards other residents in the block.

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The Judge heard that Connelly had been given a formal warning about the risk to her tenancy within two weeks of it starting. And despite being told about her unacceptable behaviour, the situation continued and escalated in a short period of time.

Connelly had also been offered, and accepted support, to help change her behaviour, but she continued to show a lack of regard for her neighbours and the problems persisted.

A spokesperson for South Tyneside Homes, which manages council properties on behalf of South Tyneside Council, said: “Our residents have the right to live in a peaceful environment and we work very closely with our colleagues within the Council and police to tackle the issue of problem tenants on our estates.

“In this case, the tenant showed no sign of changing her behaviour despite being given a number of warnings about the risk to her tenancy and opportunities to help improve the situation. However, she continued to plague her neighbours with her nuisance behaviour and this is something we will not tolerate.

“Seeking possession through the courts is always the last resort. However we were left with no choice but to take action in this case. We hope that this enforcement action offers some respite to the local community.”