Arrests made after trio breached closure order in Letchworth

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Three arrests were made after a closure order was breached in Letchworth on Friday.

Officers investigated the bungalow in Southfields after numerous complaints were made by neighbours who stated that people were using the property in an anti-social manner and causing disturbance.

Police worked in partnership with North Herts Homes and North Herts District Council to gather evidence in support of a closure order.

Following their investigation, they were granted a three-month closure order at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Friday, October 6.

The order stipulated that only the named tenant and her daughter were allowed inside the property.

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After just one week, complaints of anti-social behaviour at the property were being made to the police again.

Police attended the property and arrested 27-year-old Ashley Nightingale from Beaumont Close, Hitchin, who was charged with breaching the terms of a closure order.

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He is next due to appear before Stevenage magistrates on November 8 – along with 20-year-old Tamar Dulley, who was arrested on the same charge.

Karl Smith, 47 – of no fixed address – was also charged with breaching the closure order, and will next appear before Stevenage magistrates on November 15.

All three offenders were released on conditional bail forbidding them to enter the Southfields, Woodhurst, Sherwood, Ordelmere and Calson Way areas of the town.

Sgt Stephen Oliphant of the North Herts safer neighbourhood team said: “For many months we have been responding to complaints alongside our partner agencies about the ASB at this property.

“By taking this action to close the address to certain individuals, we hope to provide neighbours with some respite from the on-going issues.

“This is a great example of how the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act gives us powers so we can take action against ASB, which can become a blight and cause such misery for neighbours, and improve the quality of life for our local communities.”

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