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Tenants evicted for bad behaviour

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The tenants were warned over their behaviour

Tenants of a flat in east London who made the lives of neighbours "hellish" have been evicted for "extreme anti-social behaviour", police have said.

People living in Chilcot Close, Poplar, faced shouting, swearing, banging on walls, were photographed and had property in their gardens damaged.

Police used a new law, a Premises Closure Order, to evict the occupants.

This was one of the first cases of the law being used to empty a property where drugs were not involved.

Neighbours of the flat also had to put up with loud music - often with sexually explicit lyrics - and were tape-recorded.

Warnings ignored

Acting Insp Charlie Earwicker, from East India and Lansbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: "Residents have been suffering from extreme examples of anti-social behaviour, including psychological harassment, for some time which has had a devastating impact.

"It has been a lengthy and complex process but this legislation has enabled us to end the misery suffered by residents for so long."

Andrea Baker, director of housing from Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association, said: "These tenants have been issued with many warnings which they have ignored.

"They have been offered support which they have refused. They have made the lives of their neighbours hellish and we won't tolerate that."

Officers served the Premises Closure Order, which came into effect in December, to the tenants in 5 August and they were evicted on Monday.

The new legislation allows temporary closure of premises associated with significant and persistent disorder or serious nuisance.

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