Wellingborough closure order gives locals a breath of fresh air
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A closure order obtained by the Wellingborough Neighbourhood Policing Team for a flat in West Street has stamped out anti-social behaviour and given locals in the area a breath of fresh air.
In recent months, residents had reported concerns in regards to a particular flat which was a hotbed of anti-social behaviour – drug dealing, disorder, a constant smell of cannabis and aggressive dogs.
Things got so bad that neighbours in the area began to contact each other when they were due to leave their homes as they were so fearful of going past the flat in question on their own.
Neighbourhood officers gathered evidence over time and as a result, were able to secure a 90-day closure order, meaning the property was shutdown and the tenant unable to live in it.
PC Michael Norman who led on the closure order, said: “The people in this neighbourhood were severely affected by the behaviour from this particular flat and it was imperative for us to get this sorted for them.
“They are a very nice, family-orientated group of people whose lives were impacted heavily and negatively and they needed their local police officers to listen and act, which I’m pleased to say we have done.
“Anti-social behaviour can really affect people’s quality of life so I would encourage anyone experiencing it in their local area to get in touch so that your local officers can gather evidence and take action.”
The 20-year-old male tenant has since been charged in connection with cannabis possession as a well as in connection with a separate incident of robbery.