Flat shut down after serious anti-social behaviour

We have successfully obtained a closure order on an address in Loxley Road, Northchurch, Berkhamsted this week.

We sought the order after more than 20 reports of serious anti-social behaviour and nuisance were made to us and the Police since the beginning of the year.

Complaints included the smell of drugs, loud music, frequent visitors and shouting and screaming at all hours. Neighbours were disturbed day and night and felt unsafe in their homes. They were also afraid to use the communal areas shared with the property.

Police were called out regularly to the property and executed search warrants at the address on a number of occasions. Despite our and the Police's intervention to tackle the anti-social behaviour, the reports continued to come in.

A man was arrested at the address in June for possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs. Police officers searched the property and found further amounts of class A and B drugs, money, scales, various mobile phones and an imitation gun.

We obtained an order by effectively demonstrating to St Albans Magistrates' Court on Monday (9 July 2018) that a person has or is likely to engage in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour and serious nuisance has been or is likely to be caused to members of the public. 

The court accepted that it was reasonable to make an order to close the property for two months.

Councillor Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said, "We have obtained five closure orders this year, thanks to the partnership work of our Anti-social Behaviour team, legal department and Hertfordshire Police.

“Obtaining closure orders is now a key tool for us to be able to ensure that our residents are able to live peacefully in their homes and to show perpetrators that anti-social behaviour is not acceptable.

"This is the second closure order we have carried out in Loxley Road in the past 12 months. The residents should be praised for continuing to provide vital evidence to the Police in order to bring peace back to their community."

Detective Inspector Craig Flint, said, “Once again we have worked closely with our partners to take action against those who are causing misery for others living in the local community. I hope this sends a clear message that we do take these matters seriously and will continue to crack down on anti-social behaviour, using all means available to us.

“I want to thank the members of the public who worked with us and I would urge people who are affected by such behaviour to please report it to police so that action can be taken to provide a long-term solution.”

To find out how to report anti-social behaviour, please visit our anti-social behaviour page.