abusive neighbour jailed and evicted from home in Halewood

A FOUL-MOUTHED drunk who apparently delighted in abusing her neighbours and playing her music extra loudly has been evicted and jailed.

Tracey McGrath was given several chances to curb her drunken and aggressive behaviour towards her neighbours in Maldon Close, Halewood.

But she was jailed and forced to lose her home after failing to comply with her tenancy agreement and breaching an order designed to make her a better neighbour.

St Helens County Court heard she abused her neighbours on a daily basis and encouraged her friends and family to play loud music.

The court evicted her and told her she must serve 28 days in prison.

She and anyone who had visited her home were also given an injunction which banned them from approaching a key witness in the case.

The court heard the music from McGrath’s home was often so loud it could be heard in the garden. It was also stated that her drunken behaviour attracted “undesirables” to her home.

In December last years she was handed a two-year postponed possession order – essentially a last chance before being evicted.

Knowsley Housing Trust also offered her support programmes to try to help her abide by her tenancy agreement and consequently prevent her from being made homeless.

But the court heard that it was all to no avail and she continued to make life unbearable for her neighbours.

A spokesman for Knowsley Housing Trust said it had no alternative but to take further action in the case.

Knowsley Housing Trust’s operational director Peter Davidson said the trust would not tolerate anti-social behaviour, particularly that linked to alcohol.

He said: “This fantastic result shows the consequences of persistent bad behaviour and that Knowsley Housing Trust are willing to do what it takes to make our neighbourhoods safer for the rest of the community.”