A PENDLE flat which has been at the centre of serious nuisance and disorder has been closed down by police for the next three months.
Reedley Magistrates’ Court granted an anti-social behaviour closure order after hearing how police had received repeated complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour at the address in Bracewell Close, Nelson.
Granted under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, the closure order comes after a catalogue of complaints were received about serious nuisance and disorder including drunken parties, criminal damage, loud swearing and shouting.
The neighbourhood policing team and Housing Pendle provided the court with evidence of what had been going on at the addresses to secure the orders. The court was also presented with witness statements from those living near by.
As a result, the court ordered the flat be closed down for three months, during which time anyone found entering will be arrested and could face a fine or imprisonment.
The flat has now been boarded up with details of the closure order posted on the door. The resident of the address has now moved out.
Anti-social behaviour manager PC Karen Isherwood said: “This flat had become a nightmare for the community, making their lives a misery. Local residents spent much of their time in fear of what was happening or likely to happen.
“Some were afraid to go out of their flats and when they did go out, they were worried about returning. The closure order should now bring the local people some much-needed respite. I would like to thank residents who gave evidence. This is not an easy decision and, without them, the outcome may not have been successful.
“The tenant has been warned repeatedly about the consequences of his behaviour and I hope this action sends a clear message to those who are causing major anti-social behaviour in the community and if they do they may be taken to court and asked to leave their home.
“We are committed to making sure Pendle is not blighted by this type of behaviour and we will continue to use tactics such as closure orders to rid local communities of such nuisance.”
Coun. David Whipp, who chairs Pendle Community Safety Partnership, said: “This latest house closure shows just how serious we are about putting a stop to people making their neighbours’ lives a misery. Thank you once again to Pendle Council’s Antisocial Behaviour team for their hard work on this case.”
Anyone with any information or concerns about anti-social behaviour can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.