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We take action against anti-social behaviour


We have successfully obtained a closure order for a premises in London Road, Apsley.

The closure order was sought after complaints were made to us and the police about anti-social behaviour and drug use at the property. A police search of the property identified drugs paraphernalia and known drug users in the address.

Both our anti-social behaviour and legal services teams worked in partnership with Hertfordshire Police in order to gather evidence in support of the closure order.

Using the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, our officers effectively demonstrated to St Albans Magistrates' Court on Friday 2 November 2018 that a closure order was required to prevent the anti-social behaviour from continuing, occurring or recurring at the premises. Magistrates granted the order to fully close the property for three months. Anyone in breach of the closure order will face up to a year in jail, a fine or both.

Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: "This is an excellent example of close partnership working between the Council and the Police and gives a clear message that the use of drugs within our communities will not be tolerated."

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