A nightmare neighbour has been thrown out of his flat in Truro for bad behaviour.
Tormented residents suffered months of “fights, loud arguments and general rowdy behaviour” from Michael Swales and visitors to his flat in Carlyon Close.
Devon and Cornwall Police worked with Cornwall Council’s anti social behaviour team to make a closure order for the flat enforced by Truro Magistrates. Cornwall Housing, who manage the flat, supported the order and evicted Mr Swales.
PC Jo Medlin, neighbourhood beat manager for Truro, said: “Over the past six months there has been a significant rise in the amount of calls to that particular flat with regards to persistent anti-social behaviour.
“Officers attending these incidents were reporting up to ten persons in the flat at any one time, all under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs whereby fights, loud arguments and general rowdy behaviour had taken place.
“Calls to the police were being received at all times of the day and night which led to the surrounding residents to fear for their safety and that of their properties.”
Charlotte Cade, from Cornwall Council’s anti social behaviour team, said Mr Swales was offered plenty of support and had many opportunities to change his behaviour
She said: “However, he and visitors to the property have continued to act anti-socially, often putting other residents in fear of entering or leaving their own properties.
“This closure will provide those other residents with the respite they deserve and relieve them of the stress they have suffered over the last six months.”
Julie Andrew, tenancy enforcement officer for Cornwall Housing, said they had received complaints going back to July when Mr Swales moved in.
She said: “One report, stated that 13 visitors were seen coming out of his flat, in an intoxicated state, which was intimidating for visitors walking through.
“Incidents have included loud music, banging, shouting, arguing, swearing, throwing bottles out of the first floor window, doors slamming and fighting.”
Neighbours Kenneth and Judith Mortimor spoke of their relief at the eviction.
Mr Mortimor said: “We’ve had enough of living in fear of our safety and being nervous and scared in our own home, where we should feel safe.
“It’s been very stressful and it will take a while for us to settle down but we’re just so relieved that the property has now been closed up.”