Two Sheffield properties issued with closure orders in bid to disrupt anti-social behaviour
Two Sheffield properties have been hit with closure orders by police in a bid to disrupt anti-social behaviour.
The first order, granted at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, shut a property on Cemetery Road which has been at the centre of drug-related anti-social behaviour for several months.
This means only the tenant – who must also clean up and secure the premises – and officials can now gain access.
Sgt Greenwood, of the Sheffield South West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This property came to our attention after reports of lots of disruptive and potentially dangerous activity happening on a regular basis. This closure order will help to protect the tenant and also disrupt the anti-social behaviour that was happening at and close the property.
“Just before the order was granted, the house was damaged by arson, which is absolutely not acceptable and posed a wider risk to neighbours.
“We are already seeing an improvement and with regular checks on the house and the tenant, we hope this will have a positive long-term impact on the area. Closure orders can have a profound impact on quality of life, which is why they are a valuable tool for us.”
The second closure order related to a property on Blackstock Crescent in Gleadless Valley.
PCSO Dan Lilley explained the purpose behind the order. He said: “This property has been causing concern for a while now and it was also increasing demand on our team due to the number of call outs we were receiving.
“The order means that only the tenant, the council and our officers can enter the property, which has so far put an immediate stop to some of the problematic activity we were seeing.”
The orders were secured in partnership with the South Yorkshire Police Anti-Social Behaviour Team under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.