Two houses in Waterbeach have been issued with closure orders
Two houses in Waterbeach have been issued with closure orders following police and council action.
The orders were issued to 14 Chapel Close and 32 Cambridge Road last Wednesday (October 2) after a successful application from police and South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) to Cambridge Magistrates’ Court.
Police said the action was a result of reports of anti-social behaviour, drug use, criminal damage, verbal abuse, noise and intimidation linked to people visiting the two properties.
The orders deny anyone access to the houses with the exception of the tenants, people authorised by South Cambridgeshire District Council and emergency services.
The orders last for three months.
If anyone else is found on the premises unlawfully, they could be arrested.
Sgt Emma Hilson, from the South Cambs Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This is an excellent result for a local community whom have suffered the anti-social behaviour fallout caused by visitors to these properties, not only in the immediate vicinity but also on the recreation ground close to the properties.
“It’s thanks to members of the public and the parish council who have been reporting incidents and providing information making these closure order applications possible. No matter how small you feel the issue is, please report it.”
Lead Cabinet Member for Housing at SCDC, Councillor Hazel Smith said: “The closure order should offer really positive outcomes for everyone involved. Neighbours of the two properties will now be provided with some respite from ongoing anti-social behaviour, and the tenants will find they are better able to refuse visits from people intending to bring trouble into the neighbourhood.
“No-one should feel intimidated in their own homes, and our Neighbourhood Support Officer has been working for some time to resolve the ongoing antisocial behaviour associated with visitors to these two properties. Previous Community Protection Orders were unfortunately not able to resolve the situation so, in partnership with the Police, we pursued the Closure Order which brings with it the possibility of a criminal conviction and prison sentence if broken. We fully expect the tenants to now help themselves to avoid further trouble, and for other local residents to no longer be subjected to unreasonable antisocial behaviour.”
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