Closure order granted for property in Hemel Hempstead
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A property in Hemel Hempstead is now off limits following numerous complaints around violent disorder, anti-social behaviour and drugs.
A full closure order was granted by St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday (26 January) and prohibits anyone* from entering the address in Livingstone Walk for the next three months.
Anyone who breaches this order could be arrested, with further action taken against them.
The Dacorum Community Safety Unit (CSU), supported by colleagues from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, began to investigate the address in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council after several calls were made to both authorities regarding activity which was having a negative impact on the local community.
Despite warnings, the behaviour continued with officers regularly having to attend the address.
Evidence presented to the court in support of the application documented incidents of:
Drug supply and drug use
Rowdy behaviour and loud music being played.
Sergeant Craig Butler, from the CSU, said: “The behaviour of the occupant and other individuals associated with the property was causing fear among the local community. No one should have to feel like this in their own home.
“Working alongside our local partners, we’ve sought and successfully obtained several closure orders over the past twelve months and will continue to do so wherever necessary.
“If you’re experiencing similar issues in your neighbourhood, please continue to report it, as it helps us to build up the evidence we need to take action.”
Claire Hamilton, CEO for Dacorum Borough Council, said: “Dacorum Borough Council are pleased to have assisted Hertfordshire Constabulary in successfully obtaining a closure order on a property that was causing severe anti-social behaviour and nuisance.
“Officers attended court together, in order to give evidence relating to the substantial anti-social behaviour reports that had been received, over a sustained period of time.
“The closure order highlights our commitment to working together to create a clean, safe and enjoyable environment for all. Anti-social behaviour committed throughout the borough of Dacorum will not be tolerated and we will continue to work in collaboration with our partners, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.”
You can report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
*Other than the emergency services, and utility companies in an emergency.