A flat in Watford is now off-limits after police and housing association partners achieved a full closure order following anti-social behaviour and suspected drug use.
The property in Wells Court, off Pump House Crescent, was the subject of many calls to police and the behaviour of the occupant(s) was having a negative impact on the community, so police officers and staff from the Watford Community Safety Unit (CSU) took action.
They worked together with Watford Community Housing – the owner of the property – to gather evidence for the full closure order application, which was subsequently granted at St Albans’ Magistrates Court on Tuesday, December 21 2021.
The order prohibits anyone – other than the emergency services, and utility companies in an emergency – from entering the premises for 12 weeks.
Anyone who breaches this order could be arrested, with further action taken against them.
Sergeant Luke Mitchell, from the Watford Community Safety Unit, said: “We hope this result will provide some much-needed respite from the chronic issues suffered by neighbours and help improve their quality of life.
“In the interim, we will be working with our partners at Watford Community Housing to put in place a more permanent solution to these issues.
“We hope this result sends a strong message that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour.
“While we cannot achieve instant results, please rest assured that we will do everything in our power to utilise the tools made available to us by law.
“If you have information about suspected drug activity and anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, please don’t hesitate to report it to us because we will take it seriously.
“We will do all we can to prevent it from adversely affecting the lives of decent, law-abiding people who live nearby.
“I want to further reassure residents that we will continue to monitor the situation and take further action if necessary.”