Source: City of Sunderland
Paige and Courtney Allsopp, who currently reside at Lumley Close, Washington, received the injunction from Sunderland City Council after multiple residents reported incidents of anti-social behaviour. The complaints, that have been reported since October 2018, span three different areas across Washington and Coalfields.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Team received numerous complaints from residents relating to excessive noise, disorder, drug use and damage to property. The complaints involved the Allsopp sisters, as well as visitors to their residence, playing loud music into the early hours of the morning, and pursuing verbal and physical assaults on each other and members of the public.
Audio recordings and witness statements were gathered, alongside evidence collated during monitoring visits to their address and letter drops to nearby properties. Six anonymous statements were also provided from neighbours.
The Allsopp sisters ignored repeated offers of mediation, and continued to make excuses for their actions.
On Wednesday 16 September the matter came before Sunderland County Court, however the Allsopp sisters failed to appear. In their absence, under Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, the judge ordered that the pair must not cause or create loud or ongoing noises such as shouting, using offensive or threatening words or playing loud music. They must also ensure that visitors must not act in such a manner as to cause or be likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any other person in the vicinity of their property. They have also been charged £308 in court costs.
Breaching the order is contempt of court, and can result in a maximum two-year prison sentence, as well as further fines.
Sunderland City Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Paul Stewart, said: “The Allsopp sisters have been causing a number of issues in various areas, and we are pleased that this injunction has been placed. Their lack of respect for their community has caused unnecessary upset to their neighbours, who we hope will now feel happier and safer in their own homes.
“Sunderland City Council takes all complaints seriously. If you’re being affected by anti-social behaviour in your area, do not hesitate to report it. If you’re one of the people causing the issue, you will be caught, and the situation dealt with accordingly.”
To report anti-social behaviour in your area, please visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/report-it