A Widnes house closed after mum's terror campaign can now have new tenants

PC Paul Dukes and PC Janine Barr outside the boarded up house

PC Paul Dukes and PC Janine Barr outside the boarded up house

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A WIDNES mum who terrorised her neighbours lost her home after a court order shut it down.

Dionne Smith, aged 42, was evicted from Avondale Drive in May, 2013, for causing months of misery and mayhem.

It was the first time Cheshire Police and Halton Housing Trust had been granted a closure order because of anti-social behaviour.

Her semi-detached home, which has been boarded up for months. has now finally been returned to the trust.

Inspector Mike Evans, of Widnes Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: "Dionne Smith plagued Avondale Close and its residents over a period of several months with a campaign of harassment.

“This closure and subsequent possession order will go a long way to restoring the area to the peaceful, residential area that it was always intended to be.

“I hope that this also serves as a warning to those who engage in anti-social behaviour that Cheshire Constabulary will work with our partner agencies using all available legislation to take action against you and this may mean that you lose your home."

Jonathan Horsfall, the trust’s housing support manager, said: "This case has involved a lot of resources from the trust and our partners.

"We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour on any of our estates and we hope that this sends out a strong message to our customers and those living in our communities that we will take action.

“Our priority is to improve people′s lives and by taking possession of the property, Avondale Close will be a calmer place to live."

The house is part of a new 22-home development in January, 2012.

 

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7:28am Sat 19 Apr 14

GuiltyCol says...

All it's done is move the problem on. Where is Dionne Smith now I wonder?
All it's done is move the problem on. Where is Dionne Smith now I wonder? GuiltyCol
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