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Three Rivers District Council use powers to extend closure order to tackle anti-social behaviour

25th October 2016

On 19 October 2016, in St Albans Magistrates Court, Three Rivers District Council obtained an extension to a closure order on a property for three months. The order prohibits any visitors to the flat at Barn Lea in Mill End except for named officials. The extension was granted because the court agreed with the Council that it was necessary to prevent future problems at the premises. The extension allows the Council time to support and assist the tenant and gives residents the reassurance of a further three months without suffering in the way they did before the order was first made.

On 28 July 2016, a District Judge at St Albans Magistrates Court, granted Three Rivers District Council a premises closure order, under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, for 31 Barn Lea, Mill End, Rickmansworth following a series of incidents at the address.

The Act allows the police and local councils to apply for premises to be closed if there is disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour at the premises or associated with the premises. The order is flexible and can bar everyone or can allow certain named persons to remain.

In this case, the order was obtained due to evidence that the accommodation was being used by various individuals engaging in behaviour which resulted in serious nuisance to members of the community.

The current order allows the tenant to remain living in his flat but makes it an arrestable offence for anyone else to enter or remain there except those officials who are named.

 Anyone in breach of the closure order will face up to 51 weeks in jail, a fine or both. The individuals previously using the premises for alcohol consumption and disorderly behaviour and thereby disrupting the lives of neighbours continue to face arrest if they are found in the premises.

Councillor Roger Seabourne, Lead Member for Community Safety reports; “Another example of excellent  partnership working and demonstrating, again, that Three Rivers District Council does not and will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and will not hesitate to take appropriate swift and effective action when it is brought to our attention.”