HER neighbours say her behaviour left them “worried for the safety” of their children, while police link her to half of all antisocial incidents on her estate since 2012.
But while single mum Marie Smith concedes she is “no angel”, the 38-year-old from Hempsted claims she has been made a scapegoat for all the problems in her street.
Marie and her family face eviction from their home on Soren Larsen Way which officers say has been at the centre of 35 reports in six months.
The mother-of-two said she has lived in that street since 2003 and added: “I am no angel but I am not as bad as they make me out to be – I can’t step out of my door without being verbally abused.
“I see and witness things that go on all of the time that are not right; there are all sorts of things from vandalism, theft and drug offences.
“Living here is like being in a comedy version of EastEnders.”
Police say between October 2012 and November 2013, nearly half of the 77 incidents of anti-social behaviour in Soren Larsen Way, from nuisance children, criminal damage, stolen property and general noise complaints, related to Ms Smith’s address.
Her family has been reported several times for fighting with neighbours which Ms Smith claims are a result of her eight-year-old daughter being bullied. She also has a 16-year-old son.
Ms Smith said she and her son have both been assaulted while living at Soren Larsen Way but says she is the first person neighbours turn to when they run out of milk, sugar or tobacco.
“They paint me out to be the bad one and the only thing I am guilty of is sticking up for my family when they are bullied,” Ms Smith said.
But social landlord Guinness Hermitage took Ms Smith to court last month and secured a possession order for the home following complaints about her and family members.
A number of residents have spoken out about Ms Smith, but would not give their names for fear of reprisals.
One said: “The whole neighbourhood is relieved action has been taken and we are now able to look forward to a quiet summer with no hassle.”
Another claimed she tried to support Ms Smith but added: “Her behaviour left me feeling worried for the safety of my children.”
The eviction is being served after complaints were made that Ms Smith had been verbally and physically abusive to neighbours and allowed groups of youths to gather at the property.
Complaints were also made about graffiti, children blocking the road and annoying motorists, erratic driving, domestic arguments and a noisy party.
A Gloucestershire police spokesman said: “Many of the problems relate to the fact Ms Smith and her family kept the home as almost an open house to teenagers her son knew. The led to complaints of noise, fighting and mess.”
Tenancy management and enforcement officer for the housing provider Rachel Stafford said: “We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and will take the necessary action to tackle the problem, occasionally having to apply for eviction which is a last resort. We hope the action will help residents to enjoy living in a peaceful community again.”
June - Nov 201323 November: ASB outside house
November 16: noisy music in car
November 13: children causing ASB
November 1: fighting in street
October 4: noisy party
October 4: bottle thrown
September 20: argument outside home
September 10: argument in street
August 27: damage to cars
August 25: nuisance youths
August 24: football in street and graffiti
August 23: children blocking the road and annoying motorists
August 11: four separate police logs relating to fighting with neighbours
August 5: ASB
July 29: erratic driving
July 28: domestic argument
July 22: driving incident
June 30: football in street
June 8: two police logs relating to fighting with neighbours
Anti-social behaviour and the law
The Antisocial Behaviour Act came into force in 2003 and Labour said it would allow the police to come down on yob culture ‘like a ton of bricks’. It gives:
Police powers to issue on-the-spot fines for noise, graffiti and truancy
Police powers to close down ‘crack houses’
Allows easier ways for social landlords to evict anti-social tenants
Police powers to disperse groups of two or more youths
Considers dog fouling and dumpish rubbish as antisocial, as well as threats of violence
The new Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act received Royal Assent last month.