Closure Order For Northolt Flat After Anti-Social Activity
Drugs, loud music and fight caused concern for local residents
A privately-rented flat in Northolt has been closed down after it became a magnet for anti-social behaviour.
Ealing safer communities team was granted a closure order against the flat at Churchill Court, Northolt on Thursday, 5 November at Ealing Magistrates’ Court after anti-social behaviour issues affecting the whole block were reported to them in September.
Disorderly issues included groups of people coming and going at unsociable hours, loud music, and a strong smell of cannabis emanating from the flat. On one occasion there had been a loud fight in which a man was injured. The police also raided the property in September when they recovered drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash.
Residents had become increasingly concerned and felt intimidated by the people gathering at the flat as well as the loud and violent disturbances. They were fearful about giving evidence, but the safer communities team and police were able to take anonymous statements from them which they presented at court, meaning no residents were required to attend.
The closure order now makes it a criminal offence for anyone to enter or remain in the property, except when making arrangements to clear, secure and repair the property. The flat has been secured with a steel door and the order stipulates that it will stay closed for a period of three months. It is understood the landlord has taken steps to end the tenancy of the former occupier.
Councillor Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for safety culture and community services, said: “What is particularly good about this case is how swiftly we have taken robust action to end a very serious safety concern in the community. I am delighted our joint work with the police has brought some much needed peace to local residents. We are committed to making the borough a safer place for people to live.”
Police Sergeant Slaney said: “Ealing Council and police worked closely with residents whose lives were being blighted by noise, drug dealing and violence. I hope this will improve the quality of life for remaining residents of Churchill Court. I also hope that the fact that no residents had to give evidence in person will give people the confidence to report anti-social behaviour.”
To report anti-social behaviour to the council’s safer communities team email email@example.com or call 020 8825 5994.
24th November 2015