Trafford Housing Trust

The Trust Evicts Flixton Resident For Raft Of Anti-Social and Illegal Activities

10 March 2014

Trafford Housing Trust have successfully evicted a tenant on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, criminal activity and causing damage to property.

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Ian Rooke, of Ascot Drive, Flixton was evicted on October 24th after Manchester Magistrate's Court had granted the Trust possession of property. The Trust applied to the court for possession in June after receiving complaints from local residents about anti-social behaviour and intelligence from Greater Manchester Police about suspected criminal activity at the address.

Subsequent investigations, by both the police and the Trust, revealed Mr Rooke used the property to store stolen goods and had illegally by-passed his electricity meter on more than one occasion.  In addition visitors to the property regularly indulged in anti-social behaviour including playing excessively loud music and constant shouting and screaming. Mr Rooke and his guests would also light unsupervised bonfires in the garden and caused a nuisance through other types of activity.

Further the property itself was found to be in a very poor condition and had suffered significant structural damage caused by reckless actions. Walls were found to have large holes in them, staircases had been severely damaged and many rooms had been left dirty and neglected. The garden had also suffered from both the bonfires and other inappropriate usage.

Chief Inspector Andrew Sutcliffe of Greater Manchester Police  said:  "People need to understand that Greater Manchester Police, working together with partners, will relentlessly pursue those members of the community who think they are above the law.

 

This is one excellent example. Rooke has been given numerous opportunities to move away from his criminal lifestyle but has chosen not to. He has caused problems for local people over a good period of time and GMP has been working closely with Trafford Housing Trust to address the issues caused by this man. We provided Trafford Housing Trust with the necessary information which helped support their efforts in successfully obtaining possession of Rooke's property.

 

Let this be a lesson to those people who continue to commit crime in Trafford. It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow but be assured - we will work together to prosecute you in whatever way we can, thus ensuring that the streets of Trafford remain the safest in Greater Manchester."

Jane McCall of Trafford Housing Trust said:  "Tackling anti-social behaviour is one of our top priorities and we will not tolerate any actions or activities which cause misery and distress to others caused by one of our tenants. Furthermore it is unacceptable for our residents to abuse or neglect their property, and we will intervene if we suspect their actions are damaging our housing stock or any land we are responsible for. 

I am therefore grateful to both the police and the local courts for helping up deal with this particular individual who was a nuisance to neighbours, was involved in criminal activity and had caused significant damage to one of our homes. It's a great example of us working in partnership with other organisations and agencies to help us establish and maintain neighbourhoods that are decent and safe in Trafford."

 

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