A council house in Bridlington which had been the scene of persistent serious anti-social behaviour and criminal behaviour has now been made the subject of a closure order.
Officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council's anti-social behaviour team were granted a three-month closure order for 82 Kent Square, Bridlington by Beverley Magistrates' Court on Friday, 17 June, with the order taking immediate effect. The tenant, Stephanie Milner, did not attend court, despite originally objecting to the application at the first hearing last week. Ms Milner was ordered by the court to pay £1,234.21 in costs to the council.
The court heard how the order was necessary as several residents living in the area had made a number of complaints to the council and Humberside Police about serious incidents of anti-social behaviour, disorder and criminal activity in, and linked to, the property and the nuisance it had caused residents.
Over recent months, the seriousness of these incidents had escalated despite the intervention of the council and the police. The allegations include suspected drug misuse, shouting, swearing and banging on the windows and doors of the property at all hours of the day and night.
Nigel Brignall, anti-social behaviour manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: "We take all complaints of anti-social behaviour extremely seriously and will not tolerate this kind of behaviour, regardless of whether they're council tenants or not.
"The tenant of this property had made the lives of those living nearby a misery for a prolonged period of time despite efforts from officers to work with her but by working in partnership with Humberside Police we were able to get this closure order which will now give them some peace."
The closure order, which runs until 17 September 2022, prohibits anyone from remaining on, or entering the premises at any time other than East Riding of Yorkshire Council staff and those given permission by the local authority to attend the property.
Anyone found to be trying to enter the property or found in the premises will be committing a criminal offence and could be liable to arrest and potentially face a six-month prison sentence.
Residents in the neighbourhood area are asked to contact Humberside Police on 101 should they witness anyone trying to enter the property or activity within the property.
Anyone who has any information about anti-social behaviour should go to https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/living/crime-and-community-safety/anti-social-behaviour