Source: City of Sunderland
Stacey Tench, who currently resides on Kenilworth Court in Washington, received the injunction after several neighbours gave statements, alongside Northumbria Police and Gentoo. Noise app recordings were used alongside other evidence gathered during unannounced visits to the property.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Team have been receiving complaints about Tench in her current address since May, with the resident being described as showing an utter disregard for members of the public living in her community. Tench had also been known to have caused similar issues at previous addresses in 2017 and 2018.
The list of offences reported include excessive noise, disorder, drug use and damage to property. Tench reportedly would invite large amounts of visitors to her home, play loud music at all hours, and throw objects at residents when they would approach her about the disturbances.
Members of the community provided statements relating to the stress, fatigue, anxiety, and strain on their own relationships due to the presence of Tench and her guests. The residents who reported issues had never submitted a complaint about any other residents until Tench moved in, despite having lived in Kenilworth Court for a combined total of over 30 years.
Efforts made by Police and Sunderland City Council to engage with her have been ignored, as have the warnings and notice served.
Stacey Tench did not attend her case in court on Monday 16 November, which was to be held via telephone. Deputy District Judge O’Donnell ordered that Tench and her guests must not cause or create loud or ongoing noise such as shouting, using offensive words or playing loud music at her property on Kenilworth Court or any other premises she visits.
She was also ordered that she must not act in a way which may cause harassment, alarm or distress to any other person in the vicinity of where she is.
The ruling will remain in place until 16 November 2021. Tench has also been ordered to pay £308 in court costs.
If Tench or visitors to her property fail to follow this ruling, she may be found in contempt of court, which can result in a fine or imprisonment for up to two years.
Councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “I am pleased to hear of the outcome of the civil injunction against Stacey Tench. This is proof that we do not accept anti-social behaviour in any sense, and that Sunderland City Council working with Northumbria Police will continue to stop these actions in our neighbourhoods.
“I would like to thank the residents of our city who act responsibly, and continuously help to create the happy and peaceful communities within our city. It is because of you that Sunderland continues to be a great place to live.”
Report anti-social behaviour at www.sunderland.gov.uk/report-it