Closure order in Hitchin after antisocial behaviour and crime complaints

PUBLISHED: 14:05 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:08 31 August 2018

Police close the address in Hitchin's Dugdale Court. Picture: Herts police

Police close the address in Hitchin's Dugdale Court. Picture: Herts police

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A closure order has been imposed on a Hitchin flat after complaints about antisocial behaviour and criminal activity there.

The North Herts Safer Neighbourhood Team secured the three-month order from Stevenage magistrates yesterday.

The order prohibits anyone from entering the property. Anyone who does can be arrested.

Neighbourhood Sgt Alan Clarke said: “ASB has a hugely detrimental impact on the quality of life of those living in the community. This type of behaviour will not be tolerated, and the inconsiderate actions of a few individuals will not be allowed to harm the enjoyment of the environment by the majority.

“This legislation allows us to react swiftly to such situations and ensure that peace and tranquility are restored.

“I would like to thank the public for assisting police with this matter, and I am delighted that families and children once again feel able to play in the communal areas of the location.”

The application was made under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 after several reports to police and the housing provider about the property in Dugdale Court. It was approved due to the weight of evidence presented.

If you’re experiencing similar behaviour in your neighbourhood, you can report information online at herts.police.uk/report or 101.

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