Council tackles anti-social behaviour at Loughborough flat

Published: Fri 18th March, 2022

  • Photo shows closure order on flat door in Moira St, Loughborough

A flat in Loughborough has been served with a closure order after reports of drug-related anti-social behaviour.

Charnwood Borough Council secured the order on the council flat in Moira Street on March 9, meaning that no-one, including the tenant, can enter the property for a period of three months.

Closure orders aim to protect residents by stopping anti-social behaviour which has been taking place in or around a property.

Representing Charnwood Borough Council at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on March 9, Barrister Oliver Nunn told the court the Council had received reports of anti-social behaviour taking place in and around the Moira Street property about both the tenant and visitors to the address. Reports included noise nuisance, drug use, vandalism, intimidation, and violent and aggressive behaviour.

The Council worked with Leicestershire Police to gather evidence to secure the closure order.

Tenants are responsible for their behaviour as well as the behaviour of visitors to the property.

Where serious nuisance is being caused, closure orders can be used to stop anti-social behaviour by preventing people from entering the premises. Anyone who breaches the order by entering the property can be fined or face a prison sentence, depending upon the circumstances.

It comes just weeks after a closure order was also secured on a flat in Russell Street in Loughborough.

Cllr James Poland, the Council’s lead member for public housing said: “I hope this sends a strong message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in or around Council properties.

“We have a duty of care to protect residents and clearly the disruptive behaviour demonstrated at this property was absolutely unacceptable.

“I would like to thank colleagues at Leicestershire Police for working with us to secure this latest closure order.

“I would encourage residents experiencing anti-social behaviour to let us know about it so we can investigate.”

The closure order will remain in place until June 9, 2022.

Local residents with concerns about anti-social behaviour can report them on the Council’s website at www.charnwood.gov.uk/asb.