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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Action On Anti-Social Behaviour Closes Crack House

Yeah but, no but, I'm a Councillor so I can do what I want, so don't give me ASBOs
Cllr. Patrick Vernon
In a triumph for my policy of stamping out anti-social behaviour in Hackney (see It's That Time Again), Haggerston’s most infamous geriatric "nuisance resident" Nihal Fernando (175) was summonsed back to Shoreditch County Court last week to explain why he had breached the court’s earlier order to vacate his "right-to-buy" home with immediate effect.

The original case, spearheaded by Councillor Laying and the Hackney ALMO team was somewhat cruelly described in the satirical magazine Private Eye as "a unique and innovative solution to bring anti-social behaviour to an end." We brought the case after receiving 147 complaints from neighbours of discarded needles, used condoms, visiting prostitutes and drug taking at Fernando’s property on the Regents Estate.

The "Haggerston Horror" was also found guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in August 2004 of fraudulently claiming housing benefit and income support, while drawing undeclared expenses as a councillor for Queensbridge ward.

I hope this case sends out a clear message to all South Hackney councillors that they cannot do what they want and get away with it. When it comes to out-of-line Queensbridge councillors - whether Labour, LibDem or Conservative - we will take determined action to stamp them out, along with the anti-social behaviour that blights our community and makes other councillors’ lives a misery.


n ron hubbard said...

How about arranging with George to have Boff extradited to America, where they would appreciate his politics and lifestyle more than here in Queensbridge.

Luke Akehurst said...

Boff? Boff? No, doesn't ring any bells with me.

Luke Akehurst said...

Damn! I was rather hoping that the stamped out Queensbridge has-been had extradited himself somewhere, but clearly I shouldn't have commented before reading this week's Hackney Groveller.

There he is again, making another big splash trying to resurrect his career by re-inventing himself as one of the hoodie-hugger's Green Tory evangelists. Last time it was Clissold, this time it's the Lido.

Looks like it's time to drop another little email to Ferris Bueller reminding him who pays for the advertising blocks round here.

iLikeAkehurstFanClub said...

My dearest Luke,

Please accept my apologies if I am being naïve, but why are you illustrating this story with a somewhat flattering portrait of our sorely missed ex-Deputy Mayor, "upholder of truth and honesty" and back-of-the-bike-shed fun girl, Jessica Crowe (Mrs)?

Yours, fondly,



Luke Akehurst said...

Your point has been taken on board and I have issued an apology.