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'Family from hell' should get 'one last chance before being kicked out' says Royston Smith
“SHAPE up or ship out”.
That was the message from residents and opposition councillors as they urged council bosses to crack down on Southampton’s “family from hell”.
Their neighbours in one city community have accused the family of ten of dumping dog faeces on their doorsteps, throwing stones and intimidating them.
And Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed that detectives are investigating the family after 18 incidents of antisocial behaviour were reported in their neighbourhood.
The family have lived in four homes in three years in Southampton, with each community complaining of a string of incidents.
The moves have cost the taxpayer thousands, with more than £4,000 spent on deposits in Southampton alone.
But the Daily Echo is still unable to name the family, or report where they are living, due to a court order.
Now there are calls for housing chiefs to say “enough is enough” and give them one last chance.
And there have also been fresh calls for the Daily Echo to be allowed to name the family in a bid to shame them into mending their ways.
Current Labour housing chief Warwick Payne said he was unaware of any issues at their latest house, but is holding talks with senior housing officers to discuss the situation.
Conservative opposition leader Royston Smith, who was leader of the council when they first moved into the city, said: “If it’s found that what people are suggesting is true then they should be given a final warning.
“They should be given a reasonable opportunity to be good neighbours, but should they choose to disrupt people’s quiet enjoyment of their homes then the council should use all powers at its disposal, including removing them and preventing them from being given another council house in Southampton.”
Background to the case:
THE family first moved to Southampton in November 2010 after they were thrown out of their rented home in Hedge End.
Police used rarely-used powers to “close down” their home after complaints from neighbours.
That continued during their time in Southampton, and they were kicked out of two homes in the city last year.
They set up three tents on common land outside Winchester before they were given another home in Southampton.
But they were evicted yet again last November after residents complained of a string of antisocial behaviour incidents.
The family were given £2,500 to fund their move from their last home in Millbrook, after Southampton City Council said it had a legal duty of care to find the family alternative accommodation if they were being evicted.
And the council has spent more than £4,000 on their various deposits alone.