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Partnership Action sees Atherstone flat closed down in the fight against ‘County Lines’

Published on Monday, 19th August 2019

No 33 Welcome Street, Atherstone has been served with a court closure order following a hearing at Nuneaton Magistrates Court where evidence from North Warwickshire Borough Council (NWBC) Housing Officers and the Police was heard.

The Court were satisfied that the criteria set out in section 80 (5) of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was met and that the closure order was necessary to prevent the behaviour, nuisance or disorder from continuing, recurring or occurring.

The Closure Order is effective for 3 months until 12th November 2019 and prohibits anyone from remaining in or entering the Premises subject to exceptions which are NWBC Officers in case of emergencies or after the tenant has been either evicted or has terminated the tenancy, in order to make repairs and re-let the Premises.

This is North Warwickshire Borough Council’s first Closure Order and was applied for based on nuisance caused by the volume of visitors to the Premises, including those with links to ‘County Lines’, drug use and other criminal activities at the Premises.

Angela Coates, NWBC Director of Housing said; “The Council’s Housing Team and Warwickshire Police have worked together to produce excellent evidence and I would like to thank them for their hard work on this case. NWBC have a zero-tolerance policy on Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime in their properties and would encourage anyone who experiences this to come forward and report it to us in the first instance.”