Council leads on Closure Order to prevent anti-social behaviour

Hart District Council, in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, has successfully taken the occupants and owner of a shared address to court following 18 months of persistent and extreme anti-social behaviour in a property located on Betjeman Walk in Yateley.

The Closure Order was issued by Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court to take effect from 6pm on 1 October 2021. The Order means that nobody will be allowed to enter or remain at the address for the next three months without permission and accompaniment of authorised council officers. If they do, they will be committing a criminal offence and can be arrested.

The council applied for the Order following many concerns raised about suspected drug activity and associated anti-social behaviour. Behaviours included regular noisy parties, excessive disturbance to neighbours through constant visitors all through the night, cannabis usage that created odours permeating surrounding properties and a level of security measures at the property which created a sense of fear and intimidation to neighbours.

Speaking about the Closure Order, Cllr Stuart Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities at Hart District Council, said: “I’m pleased that we have been able to obtain this Closure Order. This is a great result that will make a significant impact upon surrounding neighbours.

“I hope this Order sends out a message that the council will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in the district. This Order would not have been possible without the courage of residents to provide evidence, Hampshire Constabulary and our Community Safety team, my thanks to all of those involved.”

At a time when Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), particularly through County Lines, is increasingly being recognised as a major factor behind crime in communities, it is more important than ever to report any suspected drug activity or associated behaviours. Such information can often assist in the disruption of suspected Organised Criminal Gang (OCG) operations.

Hart Neighbourhood Inspector Jennifer Lovegrove said: “We are pleased that this Order has been secured and hope it provides some reassurance to the local community that we, along with our partners, will take action and use all available powers to address issues affecting them.

“We would like to thank Hart District Council for their dedication and huge effort to secure the Order at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court. This is a great example of how we work with our partner agencies to secure a positive outcome for those living in the local community.

“I hope this order sends out the message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, and we will use every available power to stop it.

“If you are concerned about anti-social behaviour where you live, then please call your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.”

The council is reminding residents of the importance of not suffering in silence and instead reporting anti-social behaviour to their neighbourhood policing team on 101 or via their online reporting tool: www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb/report-antisocial-behaviour 

For information about Community Safety services provided by Hart District Council, please visit www.hart.gov.uk/community-safety

11 October 2021