Newham’s anti-social tenants warned of house eviction

Newham Council tenants are being warned that they could face eviction from their homes if family members or visitors commit crime or anti-social behaviour.

The warning comes in the wake of action being taken by the council against two tenants following a court conviction for assaulting one of the authority’s noise officers, who was hurt while responding to a complaint about a party held in a council property.

During the attack in Canning Town on April 16 2011 by a family member, the officer was punched and kicked, and suffered a serious knee injury that required several operations. He has still not recovered fully.

The assailant, a 16-year-old youth, was the granddaughter of the occupier of the property where a 21st birthday party was being held. Following a trial at Stratford Youth Court, the assailant was found guilty of assault, received a 12 month conditional discharge and was required to pay �60 costs.

As the assault took place at a council property and the attacker lives in a council home nearby, the council has now served a Notice of Seeking Possession (NOSP) on the tenants of both properties and will be applying to the County Court to evict them.

The officer, who was investigating a noise complaint made by local residents, is one of the council’s team of noise officers who are on duty seven days a week until 4am to investigate incidents of this kind. The Noise Team can be contacted on (020) 8430 2000.

Cllr Andrew Baikie, executive member for housing, said: “We will not tolerate violence and aggression towards council staff carrying out their duties. The council will take all action possible against the perpetrators. Council tenants are responsible for the behaviour of their family members and visitors in and around their homes.”