Redcar and Cleveland Neighbourhood Teams, together with the Antisocial Behaviour Team at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Beyond Housing, successfully secured two closure orders for houses in Guisborough and Grangetown yesterday.
The activity in both houses was causing misery to those living in neighbouring properties and bringing antisocial behaviour to the area and led to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council applying to magistrates for closure orders.
One of the properties in Patten Lane, Guisborough was closed for a month after the Guisborough Neighbourhood Police Team along with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Beyond Housing worked together to build a case to apply for a closure order.
The other property in Eastcroft Road, Grangetown was closed after a closure order was granted by Teesside Magistrates’ Court. Drug dealing activity and antisocial behaviour had been reported to police over several months, and Eston Neighbourhood Officers and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council had worked together to gather evidence to present to the Magistrates’ Court today
The occupants were evicted and the house will now be closed for three months.
Inspector Neil Deluce said: “Successfully closing down both of these properties is an amazing result for the communities living in these areas.
“We work closely with our partners to tackle issues with drug dealing and antisocial behaviour across Cleveland and this sends a clear message that action will be taken against those peddling drugs in the community and causing misery to their neighbours that action will be taken, and you could lose your home as a result.”
Councillor Barry Hunt, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Housing, said: “We simply will not tolerate behaviour which makes decent people feel unsafe in their own homes or going about their business in their own neighbourhood. The decision to go to court to close a home is never taken lightly - but we will not hesitate to do what it takes, along with our partners including the police, to enable people to live without fear.”