Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Barrister Forced to Be Quiet

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Barrister Forced to Be Quiet

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BARRISTER Veena Madnani became the first homeowner in Britain to fall foul of laws designed to deal with "neighbours from hell" after waging a 10-year campaign against tenants above her flat.

Pacing from room to room, she would spend her nights banging on the ceiling with a broom handle, hitting it so hard that she left dozens of indentations.

Camden council was forced to act after four tenants were driven out of the converted four-storey former house in Fitzrovia.

Taking advantage of legislation introduced by then Home Secretary Jack Straw, it successfully applied to the courts for an antisocial behaviour order two years ago.

Under the order, Miss Madnani, 46, was required to remain quiet for the following five years.

Breaking the order constitutes a criminal offence punishable with up to five years in jail.

Camden was able to act in the case of Miss Madnani because her neighbours were living in council-owned properties. …

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