Property seized to tackle anti-social behaviour

RESIDENTS of a Redcar street will be enjoying a more peaceful night’s sleep after Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Cleveland Police closed down a property blighted by anti-social behaviour.

Rental property 46 France Street, Redcar, has been subject to repeated complaints by nearby residents of alcohol and drug-related anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, fighting, noise and threats.

The Council and Police have now seized the building, with only the landlord or their appointed contractors being allowed inside the premises for the next month, and the tenants have now moved out.

The landlord of the property has worked with the Council and Police to find a solution and supported the closure in order to remove the problem tenants.

Councillor Barry Hunt, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Environment, said: “We made the decision to apply to the courts to seize and close the property after numerous attempts by Council staff, colleagues in Cleveland Police and the property’s landlord failed to lead to an improvement in the behaviour of the tenants.

“It’s a last resort but we won’t hesitate to do it if the bad behaviour of a small number of people causes such distress to our residents.

“Let this be a warning to anyone who engages in anti-social behaviour – we’ll take this action again in order to protect people in our borough.”

Police Community Support Officer, Ali Coaker, said: “This is great example of a partnership approach to improving our communities and the closure order was conducted as part of Operation Phoenix.

“Along with the Council, we have been out speaking with local residents and they are relieved that the tenants have been removed from the area.

“Local residents have played a huge part in assisting us with this closure order and I would like to thank them for their assistance and support.”

Comments received from tenants on the street include:

  • “Thank you so much. What a pleasure it was coming home from work and seeing it all screened up. I actually parked my car outside my house today first time in ages”
  • “Thank you so, so much. We can get our lives back on track now.”

To report anti-social behaviour, call 01642 774774 or visit: www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk. For emergencies, always call 999.

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