Property is boarded up after persistent antisocial behaviour
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’.