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Community Safety Team makes successful closure orders

Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Police have sent a clear warning about the potential consequences of persistent criminal and anti-social behaviour by obtaining two Closure Orders for properties on Collins Avenue, Sutton.

The Council’s Community Safety Team and Neighbourhood Policing Team have obtained the orders following significant reports and concerns of drug-related crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour from the properties in question.

On 19 August 2022, the orders were approved at Mansfield Magistrates Court subsequently resulting in the properties being closed for a period of three months.  One order prohibits any persons from entering the property including the occupiers and the second order prohibits any persons excluding the occupiers. Any breaches of the order would be an offence and be liable to imprisonment and/or a fine.

Inspector Jon Hewitt, District Commander for Ashfield, said:

“Today’s action should send a very clear message to residents who blight our communities with repeat criminal and antisocial behaviour. These properties had unfortunately become a magnet for drug-related crime and disorder and we were very regularly being called by concerned local residents. It was frankly an intolerable situation that was having a huge negative impact on people living nearby. Working closely the Council’s Community Safety Team, we have listened to local residents and taken decisive action to protect them from further harm. I would urge other residents experiencing similar problems to keep in regular contact with us so we can take this kind of decisive action to stop such behaviour.’’
Councillor Helen-Ann Smith, Ashfield District Council, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Crime Reduction, said:
“The Council’s Community Safety Team has been working in partnership with the Police to proactively deal with these types of issues within our estates and town centres across the District. Significant work is being undertaken to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour throughout Ashfield and the £1.3 million funding secured within the last year by the Community Safety Partnership will continue to enhance the work we are doing across the District to promote feelings of safety and tackle criminality.’’