Police investigate complaint that officer told couple to move after concerns over anti-social behaviour
POLICE are investigating an officer who allegedly told a couple to "move" after they complained about anti-social behaviour.
Vanessa and Wayne Cox, of Victoria Road, Cirencester, had met Inspector Brian Clifford last November to discuss the problems in the area.
But they claimed he had told them police had "stopped listening" to their complaints.
As a result, Insp Clifford is now being investigated by Superintendent Tony Godwin from the force.
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In a letter sent earlier this month to Gloucestershire police, the Coxes claimed Insp Clifford had been insulting.
They wrote: "The lack of support or empathy with our situation was simply astonishing and the 'blame' put on us – we evidently 'can't see the wood for the trees' according to Mr Clifford.
"He told us that the police had 'stopped listening' to us and he told us that the way to resolve the problems was 'to move'."
Supt Godwin said: "We are aware of the issues and are working with all affected parties to bring about a resolution. However as the issue is ongoing it wouldn't be appropriate to comment on the matter further at this time."
Mrs Cox had claimed Jephson Housing Association has also failed to take effective action to crackdown on the anti-social behaviour in the area.
The 45-year-old said she had to give up an 18-year teaching career when the "nightmare" of thuggish behaviour caused her to suffer mental health problems. She had taught in Gloucester and Stroud.
"I had a breakdown and it was certainly to do with the anti-social behaviour," she said. "I have depression, severe anxiety and post traumatic distress."
Vanessa and her husband Wayne, 45, said they have repeatedly told Jephson about the problems, which date back to 2006.
She added: "There has been noise, fighting, a door smashed in, abusive language and people being aggressive.
"It is hell to live here, but we don't want to move – we shouldn't have to. This is our home and we don't want to be forced out."
Sue Thompson, housing manager at Jephson Housing Association, said: "We take anti-social behaviour extremely seriously and work with key partner agencies including the police to tackle and prevent unacceptable behaviour in the neighbourhoods where we work."