Middlesbrough property closed down due to constant anti-social behaviour
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A Middlesbrough property has been shut down after constant anti-social behaviour made the lives of residents a misery.
Cleveland Police received multiple reports of anti-social behaviour and criminality at a property on The Holgate Middlesbrough which began at the start of this year.
Officers from Middlesbrough’s Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) alongside colleagues from Middlesbrough Council and Thirteen Group then gathered evidence of such behaviour.
Magistrates agreed during a court hearing on Thursday 3rd August that the property should close for three months which means that no occupants will be allowed inside the property.
At around 5pm that same day, officers returned to the property to board up the building alongside Middlesbrough Mayor Chris Cooke.
PC Jamal Khan said: “Criminal activity and antisocial behaviour in and around this property made the lives of other residents an absolute misery.
“Cleveland Police will not accept such behaviour, which is why we supported our partners at Middlesbrough Council and Thirteen Housing in gathering the evidence required to secure a closure order.
“Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team takes all reports of anti-social behaviour extremely seriously as this type of offending has a genuine impact on people's quality of life.
“We will continue to work with our partner agencies and the public to crackdown on those who behave in this manner in a bid to make our communities a better place to live.”
Middlesbrough Mayor Chris Cooke said: “Law-abiding residents have an absolute right to live free from this sort of antisocial behaviour and criminality, and with their support we are determined to stamp it out.
“This closure is a great example of close co-operation between Cleveland Police, Middlesbrough Council and Thirteen on behalf of local communities. I’d particularly like to thank PC Jamal Khan and our Neighbourhood Safety Officer Hugh McShane for all their hard work on this case.
“I’d urge people not to suffer this kind of abuse in silence – report it to us in confidence, and we will take action.”
Thirteen's head of housing services, Chris Marshall, said:"Keeping customers safe in their homes and neighbourhoods is our main priority. Crime and anti-social behaviour is unacceptable, and we have taken the necessary tenancy action against the customer.
"We are pleased the closure order has been granted to provide some relief for neighbours. We are committed to working with Middlesbrough Council, Cleveland Police and residents to stop anti-social behaviour and crime in our communities.”
Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour in their communities, should contact Cleveland Police on 101 or through our website.
Independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phone on 0800 555 111.