Borough of Poole has successfully obtained a premises closure order against a property in Ashley Road, Poole, under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The order was obtained on 6 February 2018 and makes it a criminal offence for anyone, apart from registered or sole traders for the purposes of undertaking essential maintenance or repairs to the property, to enter the property for a period of three months.
Poole Magistrates Court heard that the privately-rented property in Ashley Road was the centre of anti-social behaviour, including alleged drug activity, large numbers of visitors to the property, loud noise late at night, verbal abuse to neighbours and threats to the landlord. This behaviour was having an adverse effect on the local community.
Ian Cooke, Safer Communities Manager, Borough of Poole, commented: “The occupier's behaviour and that of the many visitors had a huge impact on the neighbours to such an extent that one of the residents stayed away from his home. We will not tolerate such behaviour and this closure order demonstrates the council’s willingness to act to protect vulnerable residents.”
Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, Borough of Poole, said: "We are fortunate in Poole that we don't often see anti-social behaviour on this scale. However, the behaviour in this case impacted a significant number of people in the local community and action needed to be taken. We are pleased to have achieved this closure order with the support of other agencies including Dorset Police."
Cllr Marion Le Poidevin, Ward Councillor for Branksome West, said: “Thankfully behaviour like this, making normal life a misery for neighbours, is very rare round here. I’m glad strong action has been taken to improve the situation. Hopefully the person responsible for the disruption will learn that such behaviour is totally unacceptable and will make sure to act more considerately in future.”
Borough of Poole takes reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and works with partners to understand the nature of the problem and tackle issues. We will continue to work with the occupier to try to stop the problems re-establishing and in so doing avoid the need for any further action.
If you have been affected by anti-social behaviour, there are a number of ways to report it. If it is an emergency, and someone’s safety or property is at risk, please call Dorset Police on 999.
If it is less urgent, you can:
- call the Police non emergency number 101 (24 hour service) if you need a police officer to attend or visit, or to report a crime
- call Borough of Poole on 01202 633438 (during working hours) if you want to complain about an incident that has occurred and you need help or support, or you want us to investigate with our partners
- report the incident online at poole.gov.uk using the 'report it' form
- contact Crimestoppers or 0800 555 111 to report problems anonymously