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Wiltshire Council issues two Closure Orders to protect residents and prevent antisocial behaviour

Wiltshire Council has successfully applied for two Closure Orders at Salisbury Magistrates Court to prevent anti-social behaviour and protect residents.

Published 26 March 2021
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Wiltshire Council has successfully applied for two Closure Orders at Salisbury Magistrates Court to prevent anti-social behaviour and protect residents.

The first Order, on a property in Down View Road, Laverstock, was implemented to put an end to regular anti-social parties through lockdown, threatening behaviour, loud music, substance abuse and other disorder in the area. The Order, which is in place until June 2021, prevents anyone other than three named family members from visiting the property, and anyone found breaching this would be committing a criminal offence and may be prosecuted.

The second Closure Order has been issued on a property on Eyres Way in Salisbury, where the resident was a victim of 'cuckooing', which is when people take over a person's home and exploit both them and the property. Visitors to the property were also engaging in threatening behaviour in the area, along with substance misuse and antisocial behaviour that was upsetting nearby residents and affecting their quality of life. This Order is also in place until June 2021.

Simon Hendey, Director of Housing and Commercial, said: "Visitors to these two properties were making life a misery for local residents in both areas, and so our officers acted quickly to obtain Closure Orders to prevent this anti-social and threatening behaviour.

"As always in these types of incidents, our teams have worked closely with colleagues from Wiltshire Police to obtain these Orders, and anyone who is found to be in breach could be prosecuted.

"We will continue to work in partnership with Wiltshire Police to protect our communities and send out the clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated."

The penalty for breaching a Closure Order is up to 51 weeks in prison, a fine or both.

To find out more what to do if affected by antisocial behaviour, go to Anti-social behaviour (ASB) for advice and assistance.

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Published 26 March 2021