People who took a determined stand against noisy neighbours and vandals were honoured for their dedication last night by Birmingham City Council.
Birmingham's Lord Mayor, Councillor John Hood, hosted a reception at the Council House for ten residents nominated by the authority for the national 'Taking A Stand Awards' ceremony.
The nominees were residents who stood up to vandals, thugs and nuisance neighbours, collected and gave evidence in court, or who have been involved in community activities such as litter picks and community clean-ups.
Among them were two residents from Balsall Heath who provided evidence against a person who had been using his property for dealing drugs and prostitution.
Despite threats and intimidation, they gave evidence in court that helped secure a two-year injunction and possession of his property.
In Stockland Green a homeowner suffered 18 months of nuisance from the daughter of her next-door neighbour. The daughter would bang on the walls day and night and throw rubbish in her neighbour's garden.
With the owner's evidence, the police and Birmingham's Anti-social Behaviour Unit secured an interim Asbo and the perpetrator was subsequently arrested for breaching it. Following her arrest a full three-year Asbo was served.
Coun Hood, who presented certificates to the nominees, said: "It is important that the council acknowledges the work of residents who work tire-lessly with the police, council and other agencies to make their communities a better and safer place to live.
"I have heard of many shining examples of communities who are prepared to stand up and say 'enough is enough'.
"These groups and individuals deserve recognition and I hope this will now become a yearly event."
The winners of the national awards will be announced in March and will receive £1,000 in prize money to be spent on making improvements to the local area.