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Three Rivers District Council successfully use powers to tackle anti-social behaviour

22nd December 2016

On Tuesday 20th December 2016, Three Rivers District Council obtained a Closure Order on a property for three months following a series of incidents at or near the address.

A Closure Notice was posted at the premises on 19th December 2016 and, twenty four hours later,

Magistrates sitting at St Albans granted Three Rivers District Council a Premises Closure Order, under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, for Flat 6, Lalsham House, Ainsdale Road, South Oxhey.

The power to obtain a Closure Order allows either the Police or the Local Council to apply for the premises to be closed if there has been disorderly offensive or criminal behaviour associated with the premises.

The Council together with local Police and Thrive Homes, which own and manage the premises, gathered evidence to show that several serious incidents involving weapons and arson had occurred recently on or near the premises and that they were directly linked to the tenant of the flat, Mr Ahmed Oke.

The Closure Order prevents anyone but named officials from entering or remaining in the flat. Any person, including Mr Ahmed Oke, will now face arrest, a fine or imprisonment for up to 12 months if they are found at the premises. Additionally, anyone, including Mr Oke, found in any part of Lalsham House with the intention of visiting flat 6 will be liable to arrest and the same punishment. Mr Oke is entitled to remove belongings in the company of a Police Officer.

The Court found that there had been serious incidents associated with Mr Oke which were of significant concern to members of the public and it accepted the contention of the Council that the fact that Mr Oke is associated with the flat will encourage criminal activity to continue. The Court found that the Order to ban all persons including Mr Oke was necessary to protect and safeguard concerned local residents and the surrounding community.

Councillor Roger Seaborne, Lead Member for Community Safety said, “This is yet another fine example of TRDC demonstrating their determination to stamp out anti-social behaviour.  It is commendable how all Partners worked with each other to achieve this outcome, so quickly and so efficiently.  I am sure the residents, who will be able to enjoy a peaceful Xmas, will echo my thanks to the team."