Residents in Vernon Road, Aylestone, cheer as 'neighbour from hell' is evicted
Residents cheered in the street as a nuisance neighbour who ignored notices to stop playing loud music was evicted from her house yesterday.
Householders in Vernon Road, in Aylestone Park, Leicester, celebrated in the street after Joanne Cullen was ordered out of her home.
An eviction order was granted by a judge at Leicester County Court after the private landlord applied for the notice against the 23-year-old.
Police officers, a representative of the landlord, a member of Leicester City Council's anti-social behaviour team and a bailiff all turned up to Ms Cullen's address at 11am.
Minutes before, Ms Cullen arrived in a black car and a pushchair was loaded into the vehicle. When asked if she had any comment about the eviction, she said: "No."
A resident, who did not want to be named, said: "We have endured 18 months of hell. She played loud, booming drum and bass music at all hours.
"The music would be sounding out at 4am. My whole house would vibrate and pictures even fell off walls because the music was so loud.
"At first, we tried to reason with this person, but all we got was abuse and victimisation. All we could do was turn to the council and the police."
Last November, Ms Cullen was ordered to pay more than £3,500 in costs and fines by magistrates after ignoring notices to stop playing loud music.
Leicester City Council's noise team brought the action against her after she breached a noise abatement order on seven separate occasions.
Complaints were first made against Ms Cullen in October, 2011, which resulted in her being given an informal warning the following January.
This was followed by a noise abatement notice when she ignored the warning. Despite the notice, noise problems continued to be reported.
Magistrates granted police and noise team officers permission to enter Ms Cullen's home to seize music equipment last February, but she replaced the equipment and. In May, officers had to make a second seizure of equipment, including televisions, DVD players and loudspeakers, following further complaints.
Even when Ms Cullen was told, in June, by officers that she was being prosecuted for six breaches of the abatement notice, she continued playing music loudly and breached the order again in July.
Ms Cullen failed to attend the hearing before Leicester magistrates on November 8 but was found guilty of all seven offences in her absence.
Another resident, who also did not want to be named, said: "We must say a big thank you to the local police team, because they were magnificent. "We are all so relieved she has finally been evicted. She made my life and the lives of many people in the street a misery."
A Leicester city council spokesman said: "This is the end result of a been a long-running investigation into intimidation of neighbours, noise nuisance and drugs offences at the property.
"She was issued with an eviction notice in December, which she ignored, so a bailiff warrant has now been used to evict her, following action by the Leicester Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, Leicestershire Police and the landlord.
"Ms Cullen has blighted the lives of her neighbours, causing them fear, alarm, harassment and distress, and the decision to evict her was the last resort after all other efforts to resolve the problem had been exhausted."