Officers from Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Team, working in partnership with colleagues from Stevenage Borough Council, have successfully applied for a closure order on an address in Barnwell, following numerous complaints from local residents regarding anti-social behaviour at the address.
This included intimidating, aggressive and threatening behaviour, drug use and large gatherings of people. A warrant was recently conducted at the property where drugs and offensive weapons were seized, and a number of arrests were made.
The closure order was granted under the anti-social behaviour crime and policing act 2014, at Stevenage Magistrate’s Court on Friday 22 July, and prevents the tenant from entering the property for three months, while further measures are put in place. Should any unauthorised person enter the premises they will be arrested which may result in imprisonment or a fine of up to £5000, or both.
Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Sian Wilkins said: “We take all reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and recognise the detrimental effect it can have on the daily lives of local residents, who have to live in close proximity to those who have no regard for the law or for their neighbours.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe and happy in their home and no one should be subject to chronic anti-social behaviour issues. Please continue to report any anti-social behaviour to us and we will target the individuals responsible”
Councillor Jackie Hollywell, Executive Member for Community Safety, Health and Older People, said: “We hope that this order provides some reassurance to the local community that along with our partners, we will take action and use all available powers to address anti-social issues affecting them.
“This would not have been possible without the courage of local residents when providing evidence, and my thanks goes to them, Stevenage Police and the council’s Community Safety team. This is a great example of how we work with our partner agencies to secure a positive outcome for those living in the local community, and we will now pursue an eviction notice to bring an end to this tenancy once and for all, giving the residents respite from the nuisance they have experienced.
“I hope that this sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in Stevenage and will take action to protect our residents.”