Three Rivers District Council Secures Closure Orders

Three Rivers District Council has been successful in securing two Closure Orders at an address in Mill End under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Three Rivers worked in partnership with Hertfordshire Police and Thrive Home to gather evidence in support of the Closure Orders. The Council, Police and Thrive Homes have received numerous complaints from members of the public reporting arguments at the address, suspected drug use and drug dealing, and noise disturbance from visitors.

The Closure Orders were granted at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday 10 August 2018 on two properties in Curtis Close, Mill End. No-one is allowed to enter either flat for three months and anyone who breaks the terms of the Closure Orders will face arrest. The Court decided that the tenants would not be allowed to remain in their properties.

Three Rivers urge their residents to help them in the fight against drugs and associated Anti-social Behaviour (ASB). They are working closely with partner agencies to put a permanent stop to these crimes. Securing these Closure Orders is a significant part of helping them achieve that.

Cllr Roger Seabourne, Lead member for Community Safety and Partnerships said: “We very much value our close working relationship with the Police and Thrive Homes. By taking this action to close these addresses, we hope to improve the quality of life for our local community and provide some respite from the behaviour that has caused such misery for neighbours. Three Rivers want local residents to continue to report anything of concern via the non-emergency number 101, or, if a crime or ASB is in progress to dial 999.“

Chief Inspector Nick Lillitou said: “Once again we have worked closely with our partners to take action against those who are causing misery for others living in the local community. I hope this sends a clear message that we do take these matters seriously and will continue to crack down on this kind of behaviour, using all means available to us. I would urge people who are affected by such behaviour to please report it so that action can be taken to provide a long-term solution.”

Keith Gilder, Relationship Management Lead at Thrive Homes added: “Thrive is committed to enabling thriving communities where people enjoy living, so we will take tough action to tackle nuisance behaviour which threatens residents’ quality of life.

Working closely with our partners on this case, we have responded to neighbour complaints and achieved a successful outcome for the benefit of the community so residents can enjoy living in their homes, free from this kind of anti-social disturbance.”