New closure order helps protect residents from anti-social behaviour

We have obtained our first premises closure for a piece of open land, as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Our Anti-Social Behaviour and Legal Services teams obtained the closure order at St Albans Magistrates' Court on 30 August.

An area of land to the front of 5-7 Alexandra Place, next to the fire station in Queensway, Hemel Hempstead, had become an illegal encampment and several people had been living and frequenting there. We received reports of alcohol and drug abuse at the location, aggressive begging and loud and abusive altercations which were affecting local residents and businesses.

The closure runs for three months from 30 August, but can be extended for a further three months if necessary. Any person who remains or enters these premises will be committing an offence and they can be arrested. If found guilty of an offence, they are liable to imprisonment and/or a fine.

Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “The fact that this is our first ever closure order on a piece of open land demonstrates how severe a case this was. We do 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.”

To find out how to report anti-social behaviour, please visit our ASB page.