We have successfully obtained a closure order for a property in Berkhamsted. This is the second property that has been closed in the town in the past week due to anti-social behaviour.
The order was sought from Stevenage Magistrates' Court on 25 January 2018 for the property on Loxley Road in Berkhamsted, following complaints to us and the Police about the smell and use of cannabis in the premises, and other instances of anti-social behaviour.
Our Anti-social Behaviour team issued the tenant with a Community Protection Notice in July in respect of drug use within or near the flat. Complaints were received about the smell of drugs at the property and frequent visitors to the address causing a nuisance and disturbance to local residents.
Using legislation from the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, our officers effectively demonstrated to the court that criminal behaviour had taken place at the property and use of the property had resulted in serious nuisance to members of the public. The court agreed and ordered the property to be closed for three months.
Anyone in breach of a closure order can face imprisonment, a fine or both.
Councillor Janice Marshall, Portfolio Holder for Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory Services, said, "We have obtained this closure thanks to the partnership work of our Anti-social Behaviour team, Legal Department and the Berkhamsted Police Safer Neighbourhood team. This is the second premises closure in less than a week and it sends out a clear message that nuisance and anti-social behaviour, caused by drug use, will not be tolerated in our community."
Neighbourhood Sergeant, Ryan Hemmings, said, "This operation has been a well-coordinated approach between us and our partners and sends out a strong message that anti-social behaviour and drug misuse will not be tolerated in Berkhamsted. This type of behaviour can have a hugely detrimental effect on others living in the area and we will continue to work with our partners and do everything in our power to tackle it.
"Anyone with information about drug crime or anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood is urged to report the details to us so that we can take action to make your community safer. Your calls can make a real difference."
We will now be taking further action against the tenant to end their tenancy.