WE have secured an injunction order against a resident after they sent a neighbour over 3,500 social media messages over an 18 month period.
In July at Chelmsford County Court, District Judge Foss found the resident guilty of harassment and intimidation and awarded an injunction order with the power of arrest attached.
As part of the order, the resident is forbidden from contacting the neighbour - who is not one of our tenants - either directly or indirectly by telephone, text message or through any form of social media or instant messaging during the next 12 months.
The resident, who was present at the hearing to receive the injunction order, must not use or threaten the use of violence, nor must they encourage or instruct any other person to commit a violent act, harass or intimidate the individual.
We had previously obtained an interim injunction order against the resident at an earlier hearing in July at Chelmsford County Court.
Jon Cowie, Tenancy Services team leader, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the case and obviously with the decision by District Judge Foss. We take a zero tolerance approach to extreme behaviour, especially harassment and intimidation, and will always take action against a resident where necessary.
“We would urge residents who use social media to use it with caution and to block people where necessary. However, the message we would also give to residents is that we will not tolerate such behaviour and that we can be relied upon to support and help you when needed, or we will take action against you should you behave in an unacceptable manner.”
Published: 11th August 2014