TOUGH action taken against a gang of bullies who preyed on a vulnerable man in his Northumberland home has been discussed at a special housing forum.
An anti-social behaviour injunction was secured earlier this year by housing provider Bernicia against 12 people who were tormenting the 29-year-old victim at his flat in Alexandra Road, Ashington, where he lived alone.
They had intimidated him, stolen his belongings and shopping, started fires at his property, threatened neighbours, created a noise nuisance into the early hours and been involved in drug taking.
Their behaviour was so bad that the man’s carers and Bernicia officials feared his life could be at risk.
The injunctions, handed out by a County Court judge in April, banned the 12 people from having any further contact with their victim at his flat or in the immediate vicinity.
Four of them were given suspended 42-day prison sentences in June for breaching the injunction, and one, Carl Burton, 38, of North Seaton Colliery, was later jailed for six weeks for a further breach of the court order.
Now representatives from Bernicia have given a talk about the action at the housing forum organised by North East law firm Dickinson Dees.
Community investment team leader, Gemma Robson, said: “We were extremely pleased to be asked to speak at the event as obtaining the injunctions is something we feel demonstrates our determination to provide safe neighbourhoods for our tenants.
“This was an unusual case as we were bringing action against a group of individuals, rather than a single person.”