We've taken action to obtain a closure order on a council house in Hemel Hempstead following a torrent of ongoing anti-social behaviour.
The closure order on 47 Roseheath is for the maximum period of three months.
The anti-social behaviour included the smell of drugs, shouting and screaming at all hours, use of offensive language, intimidation of witnesses and threats to harm. Neighbours reported being left feeling unsafe in their homes.
Using the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, we secured the order from St Albans Magistrates' Court on 5 July 2019. Anyone in breach of the closure order will face up to a year in jail, a fine or both.
This is not the first closure order in respect of the premises. The previous closure period of six months expired in May 2019, which also resulted in the police prosecuting an individual for breaching the order.
Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: "In partnership with the police, we will continue to take proportionate and appropriate action where anti-social behaviour is having a detrimental impact on local residents. This latest premises closure is evidence of our commitment to tackle this type of behaviour and make Dacorum a safe and pleasant place to live."