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'Nuisances' evicted from estate
Evictions start on estate
Police have made 24 arrests on the Mount Estate
Troublemakers living on a Pembrokeshire housing estate are being evicted after a recent increase of anti-social behaviour there.

The authorities are getting tough on tenants who cause problems on the Mount estate in Milford Haven where 24 people were arrested last month after trouble flared.

Already this week one council tenant has been told to leave, and Pembrokeshire Council has issued another 13 formal notices against tenants warning some could also be forced to go.

While welcoming the move some residents say it is too little too late and claim they warned of potential trouble six months ago.

Unlike the larger disturbances at Caia Park in Wrexham which overshadowed the trouble at Milford Haven, there was no racial element to the unrest.

Tenants who are evicted by the council because of nuisance will not normally be re-housed
Councillor Bill Roberts

Dyfed-Powys Police and the local authority have blamed mainly young people involved in drug abuse for the problems.

Both say they are working together closely to gather of evidence of nuisance or other criminal offences on the estate.

Cabinet member for housing Bill Roberts said the council had already applied to the courts for a number of other possession orders.

"The authority takes nuisance caused by its tenants very seriously, and will take action that may result in eviction where there is evidence of this," he said.

He warned tenants who are evicted because of nuisance will not normally be re-housed, either by the council or local housing associations.

Trouble started on the Mount estate on 25 June when eight people were arrested followed by another 12 the following day after a police raid.

Evictions start on estate
One person has been evicted and more could follow

Four more people were later arrested and Dyfed-Powys Police say so far three have been charged with affray while others have been charged with public order offences or cautioned for drug offences.

Colin Robbins works at the Acorn Resource Centre which was set-up by residents on the estate two years to provide access to information about jobs and housing.

'Harsh lesson'

He said there were still incidents of anti-social behaviour but nothing compared to the situation last week.

"I know that residents really welcome a strong reaction by the council - but it's got to be a strong stance as it has gone beyond threats.

"In my opinion they have got to stand up and be counted and these people have got to learn a harsh lesson I'm afraid."

He estimated there was a hard core of around 12 troublemakers on the estate which is home to about 1200.

"There has been warning signs for the last six months and we made the local authority aware of this," he added.

"As is always the case with huge organisations they fail to react until it is an emergency which is a shame."


SEE ALSO:
Estate's comparisons with Caia
26 Jun 03  |  North East Wales
Refugees want to leave after riots
02 Jul 03  |  North East Wales
Clashes spoil estate's new image
25 Jun 03  |  North East Wales
Landlord to leave Caia pub
24 Jun 03  |  Wales


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