A “severe” anti-social behaviour case has led to Dacorum Borough Council obtaining its first premise closure in Dacorum on a piece of open land.
The area of land to the front of 5-7 Alexandra Palace, located next to the fire station in Queensway, had become an illegal encampment and people had been hanging around and even living there.
The closure, which will run for three months with the possibility of a further three month extension, was obtained by the Dacorum Borough Council’s Anti-social Behaviour and Legal Services teams at St Albans Magistrates Court on August 30.
The decision follows reports received by the Council describing incidents of alcohol and drug abuse, aggressive begging and loud and abusive altercations taking place on the premises, which were affecting local residents and businesses.
The new closure means that any person commits an offence if they remain or enter these premises and can be arrested. If found guilty of an offence, they are liable to imprisonment and/or a fine.
Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services said: “The fact that this is our first ever closure order on a piece of open land demonstrates how severe a case this was. Dacorum Borough Council does not and will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and will not hesitate to take appropriate swift and effective action when it is brought to our attention.”
Dacorum Borough Council urge you to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour to their Anti-social Behaviour team.
You can fill out a form at http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/community-living/community-safety-dacorum/anti-social-behaviour or call 01442 228000 and ask for the anti-social behaviour team.
If the anti-social behaviour puts you in immediate danger, then you need to call 999.