We've successfully obtained a full closure order for a premises in Hemel Hempstead.
The closure order was sought for the property at Codicote Row after complaints were made to us and the police in connection with anti-social behaviour, harassment and an assault being carried out at the premises.
The owner-occupiers of the premises, Mr Neil Kennedy and Mrs Sian Kennedy, had been spoken to on numerous occasions about the behaviour of their family and the police had also issued a community protection notice in respect of the behaviour of one of the occupants of the property.
Using the powers of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, our officers effectively demonstrated to St Albans Magistrates' Court on 20 February that it was likely the disorder and anti-social behaviour would continue at the premises if an order was not granted. The court granted the order to close the property for three months. Anyone in breach of the closure order will face up to a year in jail, a fine or both.
This is the first premises closure we have obtained in respect of a privately owned property.
Councillor Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: "We have obtained this closure thanks to the partnership work of our Anti-Social Behaviour team, Legal Services and the Hemel Hempstead Safer Neighbourhood Police team.
"We would like to thank the neighbours that came forward and attended court in order for us to evidence the need for this closure. We hope this closure sends out a clear message that nuisance and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in our community, regardless of whether or not you own your own home."
Nicola Lobendhan, Anti-Social Behaviour Team Leader, said: "Using this legislation is a really effective tool to combat serious nuisance, which has caused so much disturbance to the local community. Cases such as these are a drain on the resources of both the police and ourselves and where evidence is provided by the community we will take the relevant action to deal with this type of behaviour."
To find out how to report anti-social behaviour, please visit our Anti-social behaviour page.