South Holland District Council has been awarded an injunction to protect vulnerable tenants
South Holland District Council has been awarded an injunction against two individuals after they were found to be taking over the homes of vulnerable council tenants following concerns regarding potential financial and physical abuse of residents.
The council says the two individuals are accused of coercing at least four vulnerable tenants into being allowed into their properties, using violent, abusive and intimidating behaviour to take advantage of the tenants.
After these incidents were reported to the council, the case was taken to the courts on February 23, where they awarded an injunction against the individuals to protect tenants from risk whilst further criminal investigations take place.
Under the conditions of the injunction they are forbidden from entering any SHDC property or from engaging in conduct that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any SHDC tenants, SHDC staff or contractors. They are not permitted to contact the tenants, their visitors or their family, who are involved in the ongoing case. If any of these conditions are breached, the Police have a power of arrest to take quick action against them.
The council has worked closely with Lincolnshire Police, Lincolnshire County Council's Adult Services and Safeguarding team.
Coun Christine Lawton, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for HRA & Private Sector Housing, said the will always work to ensure their tenants are kept safe and will take robust action where needed to stop abusive behaviour.
She said: "Whilst it is always appalling to hear of anyone being abused or exploited, I am pleased at the quick reaction of our Housing team and their partners: having been granted this injunction we feel able to reassure our tenants and their families that we will do everything we can to support them".
"Ensuring our tenants can feel secure and comfortable in their homes is one of our main priorities as a council, and hopefully this case, along with any further action which follows from the investigations, sends a strong message that we cannot and will not tolerate this behaviour in South Holland."
In order to take quick action it is important that any concerns are reported to the appropriate authorities. Anyone who is concerned that a child or adult may be a victim of neglect should call, regardless of how much detail you have about the situation.
In office hours the Children's Safeguarding team is available on 01522 782111, and Adult's Safeguarding is on 01522 782155. Any reports outside of office hours should be made to 01522 782333. If a crime may have been committed and there is an immediate risk of danger, please call 999.