Devon couple in second eviction from Newton Abbot flat

A couple have been evicted from their home in Newton Abbot for a second time after complaints from neighbours.

Dawn Lewis, 45, and James Ryan, 26, were evicted from their Wolborough Street flat for three months by Exeter magistrates.

They were evicted from the same flat in September 2010.

Magistrates granted another closure order to police and the council under the Anti Social Behaviour Act and the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act.

'Suffering and distress'

Exeter Magistrates' Court heard that the couple had been evicted for two months under a closure order on 27 September 2010.

But since their return, police had been called to more than 12 disturbances at their privately owned flat.

Neighbours had called the police about domestic violence, verbal abuse, loud music and criminal damage.

Supt Jim Meakin said after the case: "Serving a second closure order to the same home owner is almost unprecedented, and indicates the severity of the problem caused by these individuals.

"Ms Lewis, along with her partner and friends, have inflicted a great deal of suffering and distress to those living nearby."

Teignbridge Council said that because the couple were considered intentionally homeless under the law, it was not obliged to rehouse them.

Anti social behaviour officer Andy Davies said: "The success of this second eviction sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour."

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites