'FAMILY FROM HELL' EVICTED FROM ESTATE
January 29, 2004
A FAMILY from a Wokingham housing estate who blighted the lives of their neighbours for years are to be evicted from their home.
Officers from Reading with Wokingham police joined forces with Wokingham District Council to obtain a court order for the possession of the family's home on the Norreys Estate, after complaints from other residents about anti-social and disruptive behaviour.
The family, who are not being named, are required to hand over the keys to their house and move out — if they refuse the district council will return to the courts to get a warrant enabling it to repossess the property.
Norreys beat officer PC Martin Sampson said it was "unacceptable" that decent residents on the estate should suffer at the hands of a few people who have little or no regard for the quality of life of others.
PC Samspon said: "I hope the ruling made at Uxbridge County Court last month, and the fact this family is to be evicted from their home, serves as a strong warning to others that anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.
"However, the police cannot work in isolation and this eviction has come after months of hard work by police, the housing team at the council and also the residents of the estate.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents who supported us and came to court to give evidence.
"It was brave of them to come forward and without them the hearing may not have been a success."
Work to tackle problems on the Norreys Estate began several years ago between former beat officer Phil Mullins, Wokingham District Council and local residents.
PC Sampson added that he understood and shared the frustration of residents who were having their lives affected and felt like no action was being taken, but said that often there was a lot of work going on behind the scenes.
The police are still urging residents on the estate to continue to work with them and housing officers from the council about problems and concerns to help combat anti-social and criminal behaviour.
PC Sampson can be reached on (08458) 505 505.