Three properties closed down because of ASB in Nottinghamshire town
Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Police have cracked down on anti-social behavior as three properties on Nesbitt Street, Alfreton Road and Mansfield Road in Sutton have been closed.
The council’s Community Safety Team and Neighborhood Policing Team received the orders after numerous reports of crime, organized crime, drug activity and high levels of anti-social behavior that made life for local residents unbearable.
On January 26, 2023, the orders under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 were approved at Mansfield Magistrates Court, meaning the properties will be closed for a minimum period of three months. The order prohibits anyone, including residents, from entering the property. Any violation of the order would be a criminal offense and those violating the legal requirements would be subject to imprisonment and/or a fine.
The council addresses the concerns of landlords and owners of the properties and ensures they are kept to a decent and safe standard.
The Closing Force is a fast, flexible tool that can be used to protect victims and communities by quickly shutting down premises that are causing harassment or disorder
Councilor Helen-Ann Smith, Ashfield District Council, Executive Lead Member for Community Safety and Crime Reduction said:
“These properties have had an adverse impact on the local community due to the irresponsible behavior of residents and visitors to the properties. We listened to residents’ concerns and took action. This case shows the benefits of working in partnership between the Council and the Police and how we are working to make Ashfield a safer place for all.
“We are working hard to invest in the area and combat neighborhood harassment. The Community Safety Partnership has raised over £1.3m through the Safer Streets Fund and Safer4All Fund to invest in the prevention of crime and anti-social behavior across the district.”
Antonio Taylor, Community Safety Manager for Ashfield District Council added:
“This is a fantastic result for the local community who should not put up with this type of behaviour. Local residents were clearly affected and I’m glad we were able to take immediate action to address the issues and reassure the local community.”
Jon Hewitt – Ashfield Neighborhood Policing Inspector of Nottinghamshire Police said:
“As the Neighborhood Policing Team, we were very concerned about the issues being raised by affected addresses related to cannabis cultivation and concerns about fire hazards, modern slavery and human trafficking.
“Following these warrants, we have been working closely with Ashfield District Council to advance notices of premises closures, meaning the property will effectively be closed to residents and those who would have visited the property.”
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