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Family evicted after anti- social behaviour complaints

kna  Pictured from left with Donna Bean are her nephew Theo Edwards, sister Georgia Lawson, son John Paul Wilson, Donna and her mum Amber Lawson.  (140130M1)

kna Pictured from left with Donna Bean are her nephew Theo Edwards, sister Georgia Lawson, son John Paul Wilson, Donna and her mum Amber Lawson. (140130M1)

A Knaresborough family were evicted from their home last week, following complaints about anti-social behaviour.

Donna Bean, 31, and her six children were forced to move from their home on Appleshaw Close last week, after a judge ruled in favour of Yorkshire Housing association.

“This is a last resort,” said Rebecca Brown from Yorkshire Housing who was accompanied by police officers to the address.

“It is something we have to do, we have to think of our other tenants living on the street. They have said they are terrified and we have over whelming evidence of anti-social behaviour.”

However Donna and her mother Amber Lawson insist she is being ‘bullied’ and the family have been victimised.

Donna and her children, aged from 13 years to six months old, first moved into the house in 2010.

She said: “From the start people locally had a problem because I had more than two children. It isn’t just my kids playing out in the street, there must be about 20 of them playing together.

“I haven’t got an ASBO, I haven’t got a criminal record, I couldn’t afford a solicitor in court last week. This is all based on hearsay.”

Donna’s mother Ambder Lawson said: “It’s disgusting, the neighbours have been vindictive.” Insisting that the complaints relate to a falling out between neighbours on the street.

Most of the neighbours in the street were not at home when the Knaresborough Post visited the street. One neighbour said: “I don’t really know what’s gone on I haven’t lived here that long.

“I do think it’s a bit tight though to kick her out. She has got six kids and she is on her own, it must be hard for her.”

A spokesman for Yorkshire housing said: “Yorkshire Housing is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour.“We are keen to make sure the actions of a small minority do not have a negative impact on the rest of the community.

“On this occasion we were left with no alternative other than to evict this family as we and the police had tried and failed to resolve the situation because of the family’s unwillingness to co-operate.”

The family are now residing in temporary homeless accomodation in Knaresborough and Donna is worried about where they will live.

A spokesman for Harrogate Borough Council said the council is investigating if Mrs Bean is regarded as ‘intentially homeless’ and if so the council won’t have a duty to rehouse the family permanantly but would provide advice and assistance in securing alternative accommodation.

 

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