Woking property from hell is closed
Surrey Police and Thames Valley Housing Association have slammed shut the door of a property from hell in Woking.
Families living at Oak House, Heathside Crescent, lived in fear of the tenant of Flat 20, and her friends. Resident’s spoke of visitors at all hours of the day and night; fights fuelled by drugs and drink; and criminal damage to communal areas. One resident described feeling so intimidated that they would lock their car doors and wait in the car park, rather than risk abuse on the short walk to their front door, when the tenant and her visitors were nearby.
After the tenant turned down repeated offers of help to change her behaviour from Thames Valley Housing, the decision was made to take the case to court.
Surrey Police Anti-Social Behaviour Team and the Woking Safer Neighbourhood Team worked alongside Thames Valley Housing to speak to residents and collect statements and evidence. Surrey Police were able to use hearsay evidence (meaning residents aren’t asked to appear in court) to preserve the anonymity of the people making reports, and encourage more residents to come forward.
On Thursday 27 October Guildford magistrates heard the case, and agreed with Police and the housing association that the property should be closed to prevent any further anti-social behaviour and disruption. The property was sealed up immediately.
The order, which is in place until Friday 27 January 2017, prohibits anyone from entering the property with the exception of the landlord.
Rosetta Hunter, ASB Casebuilder for Surrey Police said:
“We are very grateful to the community at Oak House. Without their support we would not have been able to secure this order and bring their nightmare to an end.”
Kelly Adjetey, Housing Officer at Thames Valley Housing Association said:
“Whilst the majority of our residents are respectful of their homes and communities, there are some situations where we need to take direct action to tackle anti-social behaviour issues. We are glad to have been able to work in partnership with Surrey Police and the community at Oak House in order to achieve this.”
If you are suffering from anti-social behaviour then contact Surrey Police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency) leaving details of the incidents and a contact number. An officer will make contact to fully discuss.