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'Abusive' 98-year-old is evicted

A 98-year-old woman has been evicted from her sheltered accommodation after complaints she harassed neighbours.

Mary Plaisted has 28 days to leave her £65-a-week flat in the Lordshill area of Southampton after the city council acquired an eviction order on Tuesday.

She is thought to be one of the oldest people in the UK to be evicted from their home.

Southampton City Council has described the eviction as regrettable but said it was left with "no alternative".

The pensioner, who has lived in the rented ground-floor flat for 28 years, denies she has been a problem.

The council is left with no alternative when anti-social behaviour by one tenant leads to other residents' lives being made a misery
Nick Cross
Southampton City Council

The council took court action after Mrs Plaisted allegedly assaulted carers and council staff and harassed neighbours by banging on their windows.

She was also accused of using her panic alarm 563 times in a month and making 264 calls to police over the past two years.

A Southampton County Court judge approved the council's application for an eviction order at a hearing on Tuesday.

'Difficult case'

Nick Cross, head of housing management for Southampton City Council, said: "It is regrettable when any action is taken by the council to repossess a property, particularly when the individual is very elderly.

"However, the council is left with no alternative when anti-social behaviour by one tenant leads to other residents' lives being made a misery.

"In such cases we will act for the due regard of other tenants whilst balancing this with the need to act responsibly for the needs of the individual.

"This has been a particularly difficult case and we will now progress this with sensitivity and in line with councils housing responsibility.

"We have a number of options as to what we can do next and we will be discussing these with Mrs Plaisted."

Mrs Plaisted has denied attacking anyone and said she has not done anything wrong.



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