Anti-social behaviour leads to Closure Order for Strood property
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Persistent anti-social behaviour at a flat in Strood has led to the property being closed by court order.
On Tuesday 19 October 2021, Kent Police’s Medway Community Safety Unit applied to Medway Magistrates’ Court for a Closure Order against a property in Silver Streak Way.
The order was approved and makes it a criminal offence for anyone to enter the property over the next three months, unless they are the landlord or an agent acting on their behalf.
Investigating officers applied for the order after numerous reports of anti-social behaviour were received between October 2020 and September 2021.
The behaviour generally consisted of the occupant, and their associates, verbally abusing and intimidating various members of the community.
Continual shouting and the banging of doors, at all hours, also took place and discarded drug paraphernalia is said to have been found in nearby communal areas.
Sergeant Stephen Holpin, from Kent Police’s Medway Community Safety Unit, said: ‘It is deeply regrettable that we have had to take this action, but the occupant of this address was having a severely detrimental impact on the surrounding community which could not go unchallenged.
‘We made continued efforts with our partner agencies to encourage the occupant to change their behaviour, but they showed no willingness to exercise the most basic levels of respect to the surrounding community.
‘It is therefore entirely proportionate for the person to be removed from this address, and I hope the community notices an improvement to their daily lives.
‘We are not blind to the disproportionate impact the actions of a few people can have on the wider area, and we will always take the most appropriate action available to us.
‘Anyone affected by similar issues is encouraged to not suffer in silence and instead report it to us, either through our website or by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, dial 999.’