Collective Punishment?

Wendy Goode’s home in the Tollers Estate has been sealed up by Croydon Council, which claims it is the only way to stop abusive and antisocial behaviour against neighbours by her former live-in boyfriend Lee Norfolk.

Miss Goode, 47, has been an “active and willing partner” in Mr Norfolk’s bad behaviour, Croydon Council said, and has breached agreements to bar him from her home at 124 Goodenough Way.

It appears this was sprung on her at the last minute:

Miss Goode asked for an adjournment to seek legal representation in the civil proceedings, having been told of the order the day before.

However, Rory Clarke, representing Croydon Council, said the matter needed to be dealt with immediately “for the safety of the residents”.

He played audio tapes of Mr Norfolk apparently threatening neighbours the night before the hearing, and another of Miss Goode, on a separate occasion, verbally abusing a neighbour.

I’d like to hear when the ‘separate occasion’ actually was – two days ago? Two weeks ago? Two years ago?

Mr Norfolk – said to be living in an “encampment” at Happy Valley – did not attend the proceedings, and Miss Goode said she had no control over him showing up on the estate.

She said: “He has made my life a misery. It is just me and my daughter and all we want is just enough time to get some legal representation so I can come back to the court with my side of the story.

“I cannot control him; all I can stop him doing is coming into my property, which I have been doing.”

Unless the council have more on her than was mentioned in the newspaper report, I’d have thought they’d be hard pressed to convince a judge?

I mean, yes, she probably is a Neighbour From Hell (after all, it is Croydon!) but surely the council must prove this before eviction?

4 comments for “Collective Punishment?

  1. October 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I suppose the deciding factor may have been this interesting piece of understatement.

    Mr Clarke said […] that drugs and weapons had been found during raids on the home.
    “Normal people don’t keep meat cleavers in the closet,” he said.

    If the ex-boyfriend was believed to be dealing from the property, there’s probably some legal template for sealing it up as conspicuously as possible without notice.

  2. October 20, 2012 at 10:19 am

    “He has made my life a misery. It is just me and my daughter

    Admittedly injunctions are not much use, but had she been serious about excluding the ex-boyfriend, she would have been able to call the police and have him removed and promptly handed over the stash of drugs and blades which he tried to leave there.

    The report suggests that far from trying to exclude him, she continued to act unlawfully in colluding with him.

    So I’d prefer to see a fuller report but it looks like the council have taken seriously their obligation to protect residents generally.

    What I don’t understand is why the council have a housing obligation at all towards two normal adult women – the report doesn’t mention the adult daughter having special needs.

  3. Derek
    October 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The problem with local councils today is that since the Blair reforms there is no democratic control over officials. Many councils are run like tinpot dictatorships by the so called CEO, and his or her sidekicks. Councillors are denied information, and often ignored by officials, who are more likely to do the Unison Union’s (aka Labour Party.) bidding than they are to take any notice of elected councillors. It is time to have every law introduced by Blair and his mob removed from the ststute book. Returning local councils to democratic control would be a start.

  4. Penseivat
    October 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Living in an ‘encampment’? Surname of Norfolk? Abusive to other people? Unable to be controlled? It makes one wonder if the subject is a member of the happy-go-lucky, “doin’ no harm guv’nor”, “it’s our way of life”, travelling fraternity? In which case, it’s obviously society’s fault!

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