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Legal action curbs nuisance couple's behaviour

Release Date: 01-Dec-2009
Residents of Holme Park Court, Berry Brow enjoyed some peace and quiet this weekend, thanks to legal action taken by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) against a couple whose volatile relationship caused trouble for their neighbours.

An injunction taken out in June this year against Stephen Volans and Samantha Whitten meant that they were forbidden from:

1. using or threatening to use violence towards any individual residing, visiting or engaging in lawful activity within Huddersfield
2. harassing, intimidating or pestering any individual residing, visiting or engaging in lawful activity within Huddersfield
3. using abusive words or behaviour towards any individual residing, visiting or engaging in lawful activity within Huddersfield
4. engaging or threatening to engage in conduct that is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any individual residing, visiting or engaging in lawful activity within Huddersfield.

A power of arrest was attached to the first condition, and because Stephen continued to breach the order, he ended up back in court and was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison on 24 November 2009.

Despite efforts by KNH and many other agencies to help and support Samantha, she has also continued to breach her injunction. As a result, KNH applied to have Samantha excluded from Holme Park Court and Bishops Court. This request was granted on 18 November.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, the Cabinet member responsible for housing, said: “We want to make sure our residents can live peacefully alongside each other but if that doesn’t happen, the council and its partners won’t hesitate to take appropriate action.”

Paul Buckley, KNH's Director of Neighbourhoods, said “I hope this shows that we will vigorously pursue those who cause distress and harassment to those who live in our communities.”

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