Rowdy Anti-Social Greenford House Closed Down
Police had been called on numerous occasions to the property
A house in Greenford with rowdy anti-social occupants has been closed down.
Ealing Magistrates heard how police had been called to the property in Greenford Road more than 30 times in recent months by local residents reporting shouting, fighting and the smashing of bottles in the street. A stabbing was also reported on one occasion.
Failure by the owner to take responsibility of the situation or to cooperate with the safer communities team and the police, despite numerous attempts by them to intervene on behalf of neighbours, led to the closure order being obtained.
This now makes it a criminal offence for anyone to enter or remain in the property, which has been secured and will stay closed for a minimum of three months while agreement is reached about its future.
Councillor Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for safety, culture and community services, said: “I am delighted we have been able to secure this closure order, which is a great outcome for residents of this street who have had to deal with disturbances and anti-social behaviour from inconsiderate individuals. To close the door on the property after the owner refused to help, is a fantastic demonstration of our determination and strong partnership work with the police to help make the borough safer for everyone.”
Dedicated ward officer, PC Jasmeen Rahim, North Greenford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Once we became aware of the problems taking place at the property, we worked closely with the council’s safer communities team to find a solution. Our focus was to make life safer and better for the residents of North Greenford.”
Local residents have welcomed the efforts of the council and police to close the property. One, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Living with the unpredictability of the ongoing, rowdy disturbances was a constant safety worry for me and my family. So it is a relief and a good move by the council and police to get the closure carried out. We all hope the property will soon come back into use for people who really need it.”
To report anti-social behaviour to the council’s safer communities team, call 020 8825 5994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3rd August 2015