The key to peace and quiet - residents at Watermead are given respite from ASB

The keys to three Watermead House on the Kingsmead Estate, E9, have been handed back to Sanctuary Housing - the landlords of the property - following a battle with an anti-social tenant and thanks to the support of local residents, the Kings Park Safer Neighbourhoods Policing Team (SNT) and Hackney Council.

The Police were first made aware of problems at the property by local residents, who complained about groups of noisy young people gathering outside the property, and suspected of drug taking and dealing.

A panel, made up of Council Officers, police, Registered Social Landlords and other agencies, offered the tenant several opportunities to stop their offensive behaviour, all of which were refused, and in October 2009 the police and Council closed the property for six months, affording residents living nearby some much needed respite and relief.

On 19th July at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court, Sanctuary Housing was granted full possession of the property and the resident was evicted.

Three local residents helped to bring the case to court, and in recognition of their efforts, they have been nominated for Hackney Council’s Capable Guardian Award, which aims to thank witnesses for coming forward to help the police and Council tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Sophie Linden, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Crime, Sustainability and Customer Services adds: “This is an excellent result for those residents whose quality of life was being ruined by intimidating and noisy neighbours. The outcome goes to show just how powerful a few voices can be. I hope this will encourage any Hackney resident living with crime and ASB at home to come forward and speak to the relevant authorities, as working together is the key to bringing about change."

Akin Oyefeso, Senior Housing Officer at Sanctuary Housing, says: “This case should go a long way in strengthening residents’ faith in Sanctuary’s ability to work in partnership with relevant external agencies to resolve issues affecting their right to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes.”

Sergeant Barry McParland, from the Kings Park Safer Neighbourhood Team agrees: "I am delighted for the residents of the Kingsmead Estate. With their help we have been able to remove this source of ASB and drug-dealing which has blighted the estate for so many years."