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Anti-social family faces eviction
A family from Bristol has been given a last chance to improve its anti-social behaviour or face eviction.

John Hodgkins and Sarah Norkett live with their 10 children in a council house in Sea Mills.

Mr Hodgkins is accused of breaking tenancy rules and has an Anti-social Behaviour Order banning him working on cars on and near the property.

A judge at Bristol County Court has imposed a demotion of tenancy order on the family - the first in the city.

"Behaviour of this sort which blights the lives of others and causes real distress and fear is completely unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated in Bristol," said councillor Gary Hopkins, chair of the Safer Bristol Partnership.

"What this case shows is that in this city we now have the powers and the backing of the law to compel those who abuse and terrorise their neighbours to change their behaviour or face eviction from their home."

Pc Andy Mason, the beat officer for Sea Mills, said dealing with the family over the last year had become a full-time job, often taking him away from other issues in the area.

"The community around this address have had to suffer with years of problems because of this family," he added.

"I am pleased for the community that the order has been given."

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