Closure order issued on Runcorn property

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A property plagued by incidents of anti-social behaviour and serious violent crimes has been closed down in Runcorn.

Cheshire Police and have been successful in an application to close a residential property in the town.
During a hearing at Halton Magistrates′ Court on Friday 18th February magistrates approved a closure order in relation to
an address in Laburnum Grove, Runcorn, after hearing a catalogue of evidence from officers.

The order was made under the Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime Policing Act 2014, which allows the closure of premises associated with the occurrence of disorder or serious nuisance. The tenant, a 37-year-old man, was served a closure notice today.

Following approval of the order the tenant now has to leave the property, which will then be boarded up for a period of at least three months. Anyone who enters the house during that time is committing an offence and can be arrested. Large notices have also been stuck on the property explaining why it has been closed down.

Chief Inspector Debbie Hooper of Runcorn LPU, said: "Runcorn LPU is committed to tackling issues surrounding anti-social behaviour across the town and we hope that this particular case reinforces the message that local officers are working hard to tackle the problems caused by those who engage in this type of activity."

The order was applied for after a catalogue of evidence was gathered by police and partner agencies in relation to numerous issues at the property.

PC Gemma Nicolson said: "People living in the area were instrumental in coming forward with information regarding problems at the property - it was this information that has led to the file of evidence being compiled and the closure order being granted.
"The action taken as part of this case is a positive and pro-active response to the concerns of the local community - we hope it will have a positive impact on the area and will put a stop to issues that have blighted the lives of local people.
"We also hope that it will serve as a warning that anyone who chooses to behave in this way can lose their homes as a consequence of their actions.”

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Zoe Bowden (Police, PC, Runcorn LPU East Beat Mgmt)

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