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Second house closure order success this month



Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a property in Newbury has been issued with a closure order. The closure order was granted at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (13/3) and has been served on a flat in Kyftle Court, St Michaels Road. It states that for the next three months, only specified individuals are allowed inside the property. Officers applied for the closure order in partnership with local agencies, following years of anti-social behaviour and drug use at the property which impacted on local residents. PC Darryl MacAndrew, from the Problem Solving Team for West Berkshire, said: “Anti-social behaviour legislation allows us to take action on behalf of our residents and we will continue to use these powers to tackle problems most affecting our communities. Nicki Summerell, Area Manager for Sanctuary Housing, said: “Obtaining this closure order demonstrates the importance of working in partnership with the local police and we’re pleased that this will see the end of the anti-social behaviour issues neighbours have experienced for so long in the community.” Marcus Franks, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Community Resilience and Partnerships, said: “We are pleased to see the legislation available to us being used by collaborating partner agencies to support local residents and to intervene on their behalf.” 

This is the second closure notice issued by the Police this month. The action at St Johns Gardens was taken following years of anti-social behaviour, disorder and drug use connected with the property. 

During this time local residents have been affected for long periods which has impacted on their own quality of life. The Closure Order was issued to protect both the tenants and neighbouring residents from continued activity and anti-social behaviour.


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