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NBBC takes court action to tackle antisocial behaviour

Published on Thursday, 7th September 2017

A Bedworth home being used by drug users and causing anti-social behaviour has been officially shut down following court action led by the Borough Council.

No one will now be allowed to enter the property in Potlidgate Court Bedworth for the next 3 months. The Closure Order was granted by magistrates at the Warwickshire Justice Centre on the 5 September, and served on the occupant of Flat 8 Potlidgate court by officers from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, and Warwickshire Police.

The Council’s Communities Officer, working in partnership with officers from Warwickshire Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team and officers from the landlords of Potlidgate Court, PA Housing, applied to the Court for a Closure Order following numerous reports and complaints about the unlawful use and supply of illegal drugs and high levels of anti-social behaviour from the address.

Cllr Gwynne Pomfrett, cabinet member for Central Services and the Chair of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Communities Partnership said:

“This Closure Order is yet another example of the Council’s commitment to addressing serious anti-social behaviour perpetrated by residents in the Borough. We will not tolerate our communities being affected by this type of behaviour, and working closely with the Police our response in this case reflects that.

“The granting of this Closure Order is the culmination of agencies working together to deal with a property which has caused much distress to the local community. This sends out a very clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in the Borough. We will continue to utilise all the powers available to us to address issues of crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Cllr Bill Hancox of Bede ward added;

“Where tenants, leaseholders or homeowners are found to be perpetrating crime or serious anti-social behaviour, in or around their properties, the Council will ensure that every option available to them is used to address those issues. Our message is clear, we simply won’t tolerate these things.”

A spokesperson from Bedworth Police Safer Neighbourhood Team stated:

"The Closure Order Application produced is a fine example of partnership working - supporting our communities through a joint and proportionate approach. Based on evidence and information put forward by local officers, the local authority and PA Housing, the Closure Order Application was submitted to Court and duly granted, using legislation from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This Act relates to people who live at a specific address and the issues they cause, affecting the quality of life for other residents in an extremely negative way. Anyone failing to respect neighbours and the general environment and shown to demonstrate high levels of persistent anti-social behaviour is at risk of having their home closed under this legislation." 

A spokesperson from PA Housing also commented:

It’s really important to us that our residents live in a peaceful environment and can enjoy their homes without being inconvenienced, or being in fear. When it became clear that this property was causing so many problems for residents at Potlidgate Court, we knew that action needed to be taken. By working together with the local authority, and the Police, we have been able to access legal options not normally available to us, culminating in the granting of the Closure Order. This should send a very strong message to those responsible for anti-social behaviour that their activities will not be tolerated”.