Operation Pheasant still going strong as the battle to rid Fenland of its rogue landlords continues

Officers entering the house in Colvile Road, Wisbech, last May as part of Operation Pheasant.

Officers entering the house in Colvile Road, Wisbech, last May as part of Operation Pheasant. - Credit: Archant

Police and partner agencies are showing no signs of slowing down in their quest to rid Fenland of its rogue landlords.

Between July and September, 133 inspections were carried out as part of Operation Pheasant, a sustained multi agency operation to protect migrant workers from exploitation.

These inspections have resulted in 146 notices being served under planning enforcement and housing regulation.

Fenland District Council has removed 136 Category One hazards, including dangerous electrics, and 190 Category Two hazards.

In addition, 88 people are no longer illegally housed and 14 people have been voluntarily repatriated.

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A total of 635 information packs were distributed to tenants outlining workers’ rights, advise on trafficking, fire safety in the home and where they can seek advice.

A Fenland District Council spokesman said: “As these latest figures show, we’re continuing to make good progress in tackling the problem of rogue landlords.

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“Operation Pheasant has gained national coverage and its success has enabled us to influence national policy.

“That’s thanks in part to a substantial grant from the Government and continuing support from Stephen Barclay MP.

“There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that all properties in the private rented sector are safe and well managed.

“However, it’s important to recognise that it is a minority of landlords and agents who are the ‘rogues’.”

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