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'Truly horrendous' neighbour forced out of Croydon home after council takes court action

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VIOLENCE, drug-taking and out of control dogs were among the problems Jairani Jasmin subjected her neighbours to.

Their misery is now at an end after the 32-year-old's house was boarded up following court action by the council and police.

Jasmin was described by neighbours as a "quiet person who kept herself to herself" when she first moved into her home in Milton Road, Broad Green, two and a half years ago. She went on to make her neighbours' lives a nightmare.

Magistrates granted the authorities a 'closure order' last Thursday (September 4) which means her house has been shut off and no one can enter for three months.

Witnesses told the court of a series of incidents which left them tormented, short of sleep and, on some occasions, unable to go to work due to stress.

One neighbours said the council tenant had visitors at all hours of the night and that they would get drunk and take drugs.

"I know this," the witness said, "because they would have arguments about who took what drugs and people would swear at her when they were leaving the property."

Others described violent arguments between Jasmine and her partner, Keith Galvin.

One argument ended with Galvin being arrested and taken away in a police van. He was later issued with a non-molestation order preventing him from contacting Jasmine or entering Milton Road.

In April last year, Jasmin signed an acceptable behaviour contract and was warned that breaching the agreement could result in court action.

She was interviewed by council officers, who reiterated what would happen, but on each occasion she insisted she would deal with the problems.

Possession notices were served on Jasmin in January and March of this year but incidents between the couple continued.

Mark Watson, the council's cabinet member for safety and justice, said: "This is a truly horrendous case which made life little short of a misery for the neighbours of Jairani Jasmin.

"As a responsible landlord with a duty of care to all its tenants, Croydon Council simply will not stand for such awful and sustained antisocial behaviour.

"People should be aware that we will act in such cases and, if there is no evidence of improved behaviour, will seek the ultimate sanction of seeking possession of the property."

'Truly horrendous' neighbour forced out of Croydon home after council takes court action


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