Closure order issued on Runcorn property Date published: 18th February 2016 4.42pm

A property plagued by incidents of anti-social behaviour and serious violent crimes has been closed down in Runcorn.

Cheshire Police and Halton Housing Trust have been successful in an application to close a residential property in the town.

During a hearing at Halton Magistrates′ Court on Thursday 18 February magistrates approved a closure order in relation to 132 Laburnum Grove, Runcorn, after hearing a catalogue of evidence from officers.

The order was made under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, which allows the closure of premises associated with the occurrence of disorder or serious nuisance. The tenant, a 37-year-old man, was served a closure notice on Wednesday 10th February.

Following approval of the order the tenant now las to leave the property, which will then be boarded up until 17 May 2016. Anyone who enters the house during that time is committing an offence and can be arrested. Large notices have also been stuck on the property explaining why it has been closed down.

Chief Inspector Debbie Hooper of Runcorn LPU, said: "Runcorn LPU is committed to tackling issues surrounding anti-social behaviour across the town and we hope that this particular case reinforces the message that local officers are working hard to tackle the problems caused by those who engage in this type of activity."

The order was applied for after a catalogue of evidence was gathered by police and Halton Housing Trust in relation to numerous issues at the property.

Mark Harvey, Halton Housing Trust′s Tenancy Services Manager, said: “Halton Housing Trust does not tolerate anti-social behaviour on any of our estates and we hope that this sends out a strong message to our customers and those living in our communities that we will take action. The Trust′s priority is to improve people′s lives and by issuing this order, Laburnum Grove will be a calmer place to live.”

PC Gemma Nicolson. said: "People living in the area were instrumental in coming forward with information regarding problems at the property - it was this information that has led to the file of evidence being compiled and the closure order being granted.

"The action taken as part of this case is a positive and pro-active response to the concerns of the local community - we hope it will have a positive impact on the area and will put a stop to issues that have blighted the lives of local people.

"We also hope that it will serve as a warning that anyone who chooses to behave in this way can lose their homes as a consequence of their actions.”