Closure order on Nelson nuisance house

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A HOUSE in Nelson which has been at the centre of serious nuisance and disorder has been closed down.

Reedley magistrates yesterday granted an anti-social behaviour closure order at an address in Fir Street after hearing how police and council officers had received repeated complaints from the local community about anti-social behaviour.

Residents reported concerns about serious nuisance and disorder at the address including drunken parties, loud music, shouting, swearing and violent behaviour.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team, together with Pendle Council and local residents provided the court with evidence of what had been going on at the address to secure the orders. The court was also presented with a number of witness statements from those living near by.

As a result, the court ordered that the property be closed down for three months, during which time anyone found entering the property will be arrested and could face a fine or imprisonment.

The property has now been boarded up with the details of the Closure Order posted on the front door. The two adult residents living at the address have now moved out.

Anti Social Behaviour Casework Manager PC Karen Fitzpatrick said: “This house had become a nightmare for local residents, making their lives a misery. The closure orders should now bring the local people some much needed respite.

“This action should send a clear message to private landlords that they can no longer ignore tenants which are causing major anti-social behaviour in the community and, if they do, they will lose significant revenue following a closure order.

“We are committed to making sure Pendle is not blighted by this type of behaviour and will continue to use tactics such as closure orders to rid local communities of such nuisance.”

Measures are now in place to ensure the welfare of the families, including housing and support from the family intervention project.

Coun. Sheila Wicks, ward councillor for Southfield said: “The anti-social behaviour experienced by the residents has had a major impact on their quality of life. I’m delighted our partnership approach has been successful.

“This is a message to landlords to act responsibly and deal with problem tenants.”

Anyone with any information or concerns about anti-social behaviour can contact police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.