Prop­erty is boarded up after per­sis­tent an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour

Egham News - - NEWS -

A CLO­SURE or­der has been ob­tained for a prop­erty in Wey­bridge after nu­mer­ous re­ports of nui­sance be­hav­iour.

The no­tice was served at 43 Mon­u­ment Road on Mon­day De­cem­ber 1 and last Wed­nes­day it was sub­mit­ted to North Sur­rey Mag­is­trates’ Court, Staines, by Sur­rey Po­lice and Paragon Hous­ing Group.

Po­lice say the clo­sure or­der was granted after mag­is­trates heard the ev­i­dence demon­strated the prop­erty to be con­nected with per­sis­tent noise from par­ties, bark­ing dogs and a con­stant stream of vis­i­tors; an­ti­so­cial dis­rup­tion in­clud­ing fights and drug re­lated be­hav­iour.

The or­der was granted with im­me­di­ate ef­fect un­der the Anti-So­cial Be­hav­iour Crime and Polic­ing Act 2014 Part 4 and the prop­erty will be sealed for three months, pro­vid­ing respite for the com­mu­nity.

The premises have been boarded up, with no­tices in­form­ing the pub­lic it is closed to pro­tect the neigh­bour­hood from fu­ture acts of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

Paragon Hous­ing Group, the land­lord, is in the process of re­pos­sess­ing the prop­erty and if suc­cess­ful, the ten­ant will be per­ma­nently ex­cluded from it.

The or­der is in place un­til March 3 and any­one seen en­ter­ing the prop­erty be­tween now and then will be ar­rested and is li­able to re­ceive a fine or face a cus­to­dial sen­tence for breach­ing the or­der.

The clo­sure came fol­low­ing con­cerns raised by res­i­dents.

PC Andy Kim said: “The pur­pose of the no­tice is not only to help the com­mu­nity af­fected by per­sis­tent an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour but to send out the mes­sage an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated and we will seek pow­ers such as us­ing the Hearsay Act.

“This was used by res­i­dents to give ev­i­dence anony­mously to bring of­fend­ers to jus­tice.”

Sharon But­ler, ten­ancy ser­vices man­ager at Paragon, de­scribed events lead­ing up to the clo­sure or­der as ‘the worst case of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour within the area’.

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