Nuisance neighbour kicked out of his home

Flat No9. Cowdray House, block of flats in Arundel Street, Portsmouth.
Flat No9. Cowdray House, block of flats in Arundel Street, Portsmouth.

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A TROUBLEMAKER who ‘destroyed the lives’ of neighbours with late-night parties and nuisance behaviour has been kicked out of a flat.

Aaron Strachan, 22, made the lives of local residents hell with months of regular late-night partying at his Portsmouth City Council-owned maisonette.

Neighbours reported noise, criminal damage linked to the property including objects being thrown off balconies, and people smoking cannabis.

Now Strachan – who lived in the property since his mum died but did not have tenancy rights – is banned from staying there for three months after Fareham magistrates approved a premises closure order under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

Strachan’s home at Flat 9 in Cowdray House, Arundel Street, Landport, Portsmouth, was boarded up after the hearing.

The closure will be in force until midnight on October 4. If Strachan flouts the order he faces arrest, a fine or even jail.

Ron Hawes, solicitor for the anti-social behaviour unit at Portsmouth City Council, told magistrates the parties at Strachan’s home ‘destroyed the lives’ of neighbours.

Mr Hawes said: ‘Because of the nature of the disturbance it is completely obvious that it is the property that is a problem, as it was a venue, a meeting place, for people to make excessive noise for hours, smoke cannabis and commit criminal damage until the early hours of the morning.’

Sergeant Tim Lucas said: ‘The closure of this property for the next three months will be a welcome respite to the neighbours and sends out a strong message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated by the police or Portsmouth City Council.’

Gerry McDougall, housing anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, said: ‘Aaron Strachan does not and never did have tenancy rights to the property and has only been staying there since the death of his mother in February who was the official Portsmouth City Council tenant. [We are] committed to take tough legal action to stop the nuisance and protect the community.’

Strachan did not appear at the hearing.