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Nuisance neighbour evicted by Salix Homes

A 64 year old man who subjected his neighbours to repeated harassment and intimidation has been evicted by Salix Homes and faces arrest if he attempts to return to the area where he previously lived.  

Clifford Nelson was evicted from 32 Devonshire Street, Higher Broughton, Salford on Friday 6 July. Mr Nelson was not present when bailiffs seized the property.  

Salix Homes was granted possession of 32 Devonshire Street at Manchester County Court on 10 February 2012. Salix was supported by Greater Manchester Police in presenting evidence to the County Court that demonstrated Nelson had a long history of anti-social and criminal activity. During the six years of his tenancy there had been multiple incidents of violent,  drunken behaviour. He had allowed his own home to fall into a state of disrepair and had caused damage to nearby properties.   

The Court also heard that Nelson frequently subjected his neighbours and people visiting the local area to racist abuse and had been convicted of a Racial Public Order Offence in 2010.  His domestic violence against family members was also accepted by the Court in granting the eviction.      

Salix Homes also secured an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction Order excluding Mr Nelson from an area of Higher Broughton bounded by Gainsborough Street,  Great Cheetham Street East, Bury New Road, Devonshire Street, Tully Street and Cardiff Street. If he returns to this area at any time until 9 February 2013 he can be arrested on sight by the Police.    

Sue Sutton, Salix Homes Director of  Customer Services and Neighbourhoods, added:  

"Residents can often feel helpless  when faced with the type of extreme behaviour exhibited by  Mr Nelson. However, legal sanctions are  obtainable and residents should be assured that  these are effective in tackling anti-social behaviour to make our neighbourhoods safer and we will always be able to provide support to anyone who comes forward to report this kind of behaviour."  

Sergeant Dave Ross from the Pendleton Neighbourhood Policing Team said: 

"Police have worked closely with  Salix Homes and Salford Council to tackle Nelson's persistent anti-social and threatening behaviour.  Stringent conditions have been placed on Nelson to protect our community from his behaviour and eviction from his address will come as a great relief to many."