A FAMILY have been evicted from a Blacon home after a long legal battle ended at Chester Crown Court yesterday.
The family-of-five – mum Josie, dad Granville, and sons Shamus, Liam and Granville Jnr – were handed their fate in a 14-page written judgment.
They were ordered to leave their Brentwood Road home and each handed a five-year ASBO.
Josie and Granville senior will be banned from Blacon and Handbridge, while Shamus, Liam and Granville junior are banned from Blacon, Handbridge, Lache and Newton.
The family moved to Blacon from Prenton Place, Handbridge, in November 2003, after an application for an ASBO and possession proceedings in 2002.
Chester and District Housing Trust sought possession of the property on the grounds the family had breached their tenancy, caused damage to the property and behaved in an anti-social manner.
Evidence in the case, which was originally scheduled for a three-day hearing in September but eventually took seven-and-a-half days, involved a list of 38 incidents including a 10-hour siege in March when armed officers surrounded the house after a crossbow was fired.
Thirty of these incidents were in the last year, including several involving possession and use of weapons and a street battle with what was thought to be a rival gang during which a petrol bomb was thrown.
Insp Ian Thorp of Cheshire Constabulary said: “We are determined to use all powers available to us to ensure families such as the Harveys are challenged regarding their behaviour and wherever possible brought to justice for criminal offences committed.
“I would like to thank the members of the public who were willing to come forward to inform us of the effect this family was having on the community.”
Designated civil judge for Cheshire, Judge Derek Halbert, said the family had been “guilty both over the years and recently of very substantial, serious, persistent and, for their neighbours, intolerable, acts of anti-social behaviour.”
In the face of “overwhelming” evidence, Judge Halbert granted an outright possession order but noted CDHT would not be enforcing the warrant before January 8, 2009.
He dismissed an application to exclude the family from Chester as “draconian”. Shamus will have to seek permission from CDHT to visit his child in Western Avenue, Blacon.