Pregnant mum kicked out of Welwyn Garden City council house

17:11 06 July 2011

39 Linkfield

39 Linkfield

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A PREGNANT mum-of-four has been kicked out of her family home after neighbours were terrorised by her out-of-control children.

"They were still playing out at 11.30pm, their behaviour at that time of night was quite shocking due to their age.
They aren’t at all supervised, they treat the area of Linkfield as an extension of their own home and as a playground.
The whole family need a police officer 24/7, I have been unable to carry out any other duties for the Hollybush area, I’ve neglected my responsibilities there."

Pc Jennifer Edwards

Tania Wall stood by while sons Edward and Patrick, aged just SIX and SEVEN, used golf clubs to hit stones, swore and screamed at neighbours and were left playing outside on scaffolding into the early hours.

In one incident an axe was taken to a gas meter, in another the children’s father was seen giving a sickening cut-throat gesture to neighbours and there were dozens of reports of the boys using hand gestures to swear and mimic guns.

More than 90 reports were made to Welwyn Hatfield Council and over 70 to police, as their mother struggled to cope.

Welwyn Hatfield Council took Wall to court in a bid to gain a closure order, which would see her council house in Linkfield, WGC, boarded up for three months.

Giving evidence at Central Herts Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Pc Jennifer Edwards told magistrates the two primary school-aged children would have been arrested for racist abuse, criminal damage and harassment, if they had been old enough.

She added only a small number of incidents were reported as neighbours were fearful of reprisals.

Fighting the order, Bethan Charney, representing Wall, said the 38-year-old, who was six months pregnant, disputed much of the evidence against her children.

She said: “This is a single woman, struggling to cope with boisterous children.

“She believes she has had racist abuse and discrimination; moving this problem on is not in the best interest of her young children.”

Magistrates passed the order for three months.

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7 comments

  • Just wondering why does it matter if its a council house , lets just say for arguments sake it was a privately owned house . Would the story have read Mum kicked out privately owned house? Sorry is there a connection between those that live in council houses and antisocial behaviour , i mean if there is perhaps the Welwyn Hatfield times could enlighten us .

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    aint no sunshine when your ..

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

  • So where have the family been moved to? Surely being homeless, the council have a duty to house her?

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    Bemused

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • If the single mother cant cope with the four children she has why on earth is she having more?? God help their new neighbours.

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    KN

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • Haha, Spandex obviously a neighbor?! I cannot beleive some kind of sterilisation hasn't been considered here.....

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    tommo

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

  • Not necessarily, in this sort of situation the mother would likely be deemed as making herself intentionally homeless which generally would allow 28 days of temporary accommodation and help and advice to find alternative (private) accommodation but that's it. Social services can sometimes (but rarely) help with the loan of a deposit for private accommodation, but if mother fails to find anywhere and this impacts on the children then they may look at getting her to voluntarily place the children into care until she has found somewhere permanent...

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    cwwhg

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • yeah they will move her to a nice quiet estate where her kids can run riot

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    little old me

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • she having more kids so she can get a bigger council house

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    little old me

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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