We were trying to get rid of difficult tenant – landlord

Garland Court in Forton Road, Gosport
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A HOUSING association said it was working quickly to evict a troublesome resident from the block of flats where Andrew Toseland was savagely attacked.

It comes as the Independent Police Complaints report into Hampshire police’s handling of eight anti-social behaviour incidents before the attack on the 51-year-old on August 25, 2012.

As reported, it found police sergeant Jim Logan – who was afterwards promoted to inspector – had failed to supervise his officers. He denies this.

It also said he did not grasp the issues at the flats. He was given a written warning following a misconduct meeting last week.

But the IPCC report adds Inspector Logan blamed the housing association A2Dominion for a ‘lack of action’. It was progressing an eviction from a troublesome flat,

The report says PC Clare Parry started gathering evidence for an eviction after police were called to a second incident at flat 91 during a party on July 20, 2012.

Residents had called police after seeing bottles being thrown out of windows and party-goers urinating in the hallway.

PC Parry met with the housing association.

But the report notes Insp Logan ‘did not co-ordinate a partnership response as he was unaware of the actions taken by the housing group’.

Police attended another four incidents at the flats, three of which centred around disturbances at flat 91.

They attended an earlier incident on July 14 after residents complained of 40 young men and women throwing eggs and beer cans from a window on the ninth floor, according to the report.

Residents told the police there were regular problems at the flats, and at flat 91 in particular.

There was a further incident on August 18, just days before Samuel Armstrong, 19, of Gosport, launched a vicious attack on Mr Toseland, who had asked teenagers to be quiet.

Mr Toseland now needs round-the-clock care and has no long-term memory.

Armstrong had his 64-month jail term for grievious bodily harm with intent increased to nine years after an appeal.

Brandon Fisher, 19, of Old Road, Gosport, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding on the basis that he played a subordinate role – holding Mr Toseland’s brother.

Anna Burridge is group area south director at A2Dominion.

She said: ‘We worked closely with Hampshire Constabulary to evict a resident due to anti-social behaviour and rent arrears.

‘We regret any distress that this resident caused during this time, and we worked as quickly as possible to address the issue.’

Gosport’s MP Caroline Dinenage said: ‘The blame for this tragic incident needs to lie with the guy who committed the offence.’