Tenancies demoted for parents of ASB children
Residents whose children committed a hate crime against a housing association tenant with learning disabilities have been stripped of their assured tenancies for a year.
The victim, who has lived in a CHP property in Chelmsford, Essex, since March 2010, was targeted by five youths who chased and hurled insults at him and pelted him with rocks.
CHP received a hate crime report from the victim and instantly set its quality of life anti-social behaviour team on the case.
The team swiftly identified the responsible youths – all of who were aged 12 to 15 – by reviewing CCTV footage and called in police. It transpired that three of the youths were children of CHP tenants.
While an investigation was being done, an ASB team member gave the victim a mobile phone which had been pre-programmed to dial him directly at the office or on his own mobile in the event of further harassment.
As the youths were under 16, CHP targeted their parents and secured three demotions of tenancy orders in court leaving the families with non-assured tenancies for 12 months.
CHP said that if any further incidents happen – hate crime or not – in the timescale it would apply for an eviction order.
Terri Cochrane, QoL manager, said: ‘We all know that the consequences of not challenging ASB or supporting vulnerable people in society can be severe, so I was delighted my team worked swiftly using the legislation available to them.
‘The message to residents is that we will not tolerate such behaviour and that we can be relied upon to support you when needed, or we will take action against you should you behave in such an unacceptable manner.’
The ASB team also began legal proceedings against the parents of three of the perpetrators, as they were CHP residents, while Essex Police took action against the parents of the two other youths.
At Chelmsford Magistrates Court, of the three youths of CHP parents, the magistrate placed one on curfew; one received a caution and community service, while the other had no action taken against him.
Of the two perpetrators of non-CHP residents, both received referral orders.