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Three Rivers District Council successfully use new powers to tackle Antisocial Behaviour

05th December 2014

Last week, following a joint investigation with Hertfordshire Constabulary, Three Rivers District Council obtained a Closure Notice on a property for three months following a series of incidents at the address. 

Three Rivers were able to get a premises closure order on 17 Clarkfield, Mill End Rickmansworth managed by Thrive Homes, following the introduction of the new Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 that came into effect in March 2014. This allows either the Police or local Council to apply for the premises to be closed if the behaviour of the tenants there is causing a serious nuisance to the public.

The Council and Police gathered evidence which included the accommodation being used by various individuals engaging in disorderly, offensive and criminal behaviour which resulted in serious nuisance to members of the community.

Councillor Roger Seaborne, Lead Member for Community Safety said, “This is the first premises closure in Three Rivers using the new tools and powers and was a fantastic piece of work by Three Rivers Community Safety Team and the policing team at Rickmansworth Police Station.  It involved a lot of evidence gathering and partnering work but the new closure power has proven to be fast and flexible in allowing us to protect victims and communities.”

Chief Inspector for Three Rivers, Deirdre Dent said: “This is a great result. Since August police have received numerous calls about this property from local residents, who were rightly concerned about noise, visitors at all times of the day and night and suspected drug taking and alcohol abuse.

“This is not the type of activity people should have to put up with and so we have worked to build up a strong case to obtain this order and, with assistance from Three Rivers District Council, have achieved a positive result for the residents of Clarkfield. I hope this reassures them that we do take reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and will do all in our power to tackle it.”

The property will now remain closed for 3 months to any other person other than the tenant, which will bring much needed peace and quiet to the local residents.  Anyone in breach of the closure order will face up to 6 months in jail, an unlimited fine or both.

Thrive Homes will now aim to use the new powers to take back possession of the property, following this closure order, using the absolute grounds for possession.