Troublemakers who prey upon a
Hillfields estate in Coventry are to be told to keep away from the
Notices are due to be issued
to the main offenders in a hard-hitting campaign aimed at stopping
those responsible from entering the Brook Street estate in Hillfields.
Police and housing officers
have been working together for some time to reduce the misuse of drugs
and cut down on anti-social and nuisance crimes.
This was started following
complaints from members of the community whose quality of life was
being affected by others who did not live in the estate.
A decision was taken to target
the individuals involved.
Written warnings telling them
to keep away from the area have been issued today.
If those targeted are found to
live in housing rented to them by the council they will be also be
warned that their tenancy agreements could be in jeopardy because of
Sector Inspector Debbie Harrod
"If the individuals
concerned choose to ignore these notices and return to the estate or
continue their behaviour elsewhere in Hillfields then my officers
will hand over the evidence gathered to the relevant authorities.
"Requests will then be
put before the courts for injunctions.
approach between the police and Coventry City Council is a good
example of how by working together we hope to make a difference to
the quality of life of law-abiding citizens.
"I would urge residents
to speak to their local sector officers or use the reporting system
through the Hillfields Community Safety people to identify any
problems that continue to arise in the area or adjoining areas to
the Brook Street estate."
Councillor John McNicholas,
Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said:
"Coventry City Council
is committed to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour on all our
"People living in this
area are concerned about the drug dealing and drug use and rightly
"We are taking this
action to reclaim the estate and I hope those dealing or taking
drugs take heed of these notices or face the consequences."