A Northwich flat plagued by persistent anti-social behaviour has been closed thanks to work by the local policing team.
On Friday 19 July officers from Northwich Local Policing Unit (LPU) secured a closure order for the flat in Brockhurst House, Heber Walk.
Officers applied for the order, which was granted by Chester Magistrates’ Court under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, after gathering a catalogue of evidence in relation to numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour connected to the property.
Following the hearing the tenant, a 54-year-old woman, has been removed from the address and the flat has been boarded up for a period of up to three months.
Police Constable Alasdair Bett said: “Over the past six months there have been multiple reports of anti-social behaviour connected to the apartment.
“This has included comings and goings at all hours and numerous reports of arguments and disturbances within the flat.
“The behaviour of the tenant and her numerous visitors was totally unacceptable and had a significant detrimental impact on the quality of life for other residents living in the area.
“We want people to be able to live in their homes without having to endure this sort of behaviour and the closure order that has been secured represents another example of our commitment to targeting those who undermine our communities and bring misery to residents.
“This order comes less than two weeks after we closed a bungalow on Malpas Road and I hope that these orders act as a warning to other people who are complacent in allowing their properties to be used for anti-social or criminal activity.
“I want to thank the local residents for their support.
“Officers will continue to monitor the property over the coming months to ensure that there are no breaches of the closure order.”
Over the next three months regular checks of the flat will be conducted. If anyone is found to have breached the order they are liable to be arrested and face up to six months in prison or a £5,000 fine, or both.
Anyone who is concerned about anti-social behaviour in their community is urged to call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or provide the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries.
Alternatively residents can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.