Closure order extended following reports of antisocial behaviour and drugs

PUBLISHED: 12:15 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:15 19 July 2018

A closure order is in place at a property at Watton-At-Stone.

A closure order is in place at a property at Watton-At-Stone.

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Police have obtained an extended closure order following complaints about antisocial behaviour and drug-related crime at an address.

Herts Police gained permission to serve a closure notice on 84 Great Innings South, Watton-At-Stone, on April 16.

Police then applied to Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on July 12 and have now obtained a three-month extension as the housing association re-gains possession of the property.

The order bans anyone from entering the property for another three months.

Should any unauthorised person enter the premises they will be arrested, which may result in imprisonment or a fine of up to £5000, or both.

Community Safety Sergeant Claire Ramirez said: “The closure was sought following numerous complaints regarding the address from concerned residents who were affected by the behaviour of the occupants and their associates.

“By taking this action to close the address, we hope to provide neighbours with some respite from the on-going issues.

“We take reports like this very seriously and along with our partner agencies, have worked extremely hard to gather evidence to support the application.

“I would continue to urge members of the community to report any antisocial behaviour of this nature to the police.”

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