South Holland District Council takes further action after injunction is breached

Posted on 25 March 2021

South Holland District Council has found it necessary to take further action against an individual who was given an injunction last month, after they were found to have breached its terms by being sighted in an area of Spalding they are banned from.

The original injunction had been awarded in February after two people were found to have been cuckooing vulnerable tenants in the District, coercing them to be allowed into their properties and using violent, abusive and intimidating behaviour to take advantage of them.

Under the conditions they were 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, staff or contractors. They were also not permitted to contact the tenants, their visitors or their family, who are involved in the case, or to be in the vicinity of any of the specific properties involved.

The further action came after one of the individuals was witnessed by Lincolnshire Police on a road adjacent to those listed in the injunction. A judge at Lincoln County Court on 18 March was satisfied that this constituted a breach of the terms, and awarded a 14 day prison sentence suspended for six months and £850 costs to be paid.

Councillor Christine Lawton, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for HRA & Private Sector Housing, said: "Whilst it is a shame that we have been required to take firm action against this individual again, so soon after the awarding of the initial injunction, I am pleased that further punishment and deterrence has been given to help to keep our tenants safe from the risk of abuse or exploitation.

"It is testament to the work of our team and our partners at Lincolnshire Police that this breach was identified, actioned and penalised so quickly. This is of great importance to show that this behaviour will not be tolerated and to ensure that people are able to feel protected and supported as they go about their lives."