Neighbour from hell jailed

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A NUISANCE tenant who made his neighbours’ lives a misery has been caged.

Darren Lee was jailed for eight months after residents had to endure a catalogue of anti-social behaviour, including swearing into the early hours and threatening and abusive behaviour.

Wigan and Leigh County Court heard Lee, of Coronation Avenue, Atherton, breached an anti-social behaviour injunction (ASBI) nine times after Wigan and Leigh Housing brought the case against him.

Complaints against Lee dated back to February 2012, with enforcement action being taken against him last November after it was clear his actions were causing his neighbours to suffer.

However, the injunction banning him from using threatening or abusive behaviour failed to stop the stream of complaints and allegations against Lee, with the injunction being broken just five hours after it was issued and breached three times in one day.

In his defence, Lee told the court he had previously been homeless for around 25 years and was struggling to adapt to life with a permanent address and a home of his own.

A county court judge found Lee, who initially denied the allegations but then accepted the breaches, was in contempt of court for breaching his injunction.

The judge also granted possession of his property on Coronation Avenue back to the local authority, who now hope the sentence will act as a deterrent to other problem tenants.

Wigan Council cabinet member for housing, Coun Chris Ready, said: “No one should have to tolerate such behaviour and by taking strong and decisive action we have proved that we won’t tolerate it.”