Closure order granted against problem property

Barnsley Council and South Yorkshire Police's Safer Neighbourhood Service have been successful in bringing a closure order against a property.

The house, in Park Grove, Barnsley, is now temporarily 'closed' for a period of three months following a decision at Barnsley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 12 June 2019.

The order was approved under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It means no one is allowed to enter the house, except people authorised by Barnsley Council, for three months.

The notice was served after evidence was provided that demonstrated there has been anti-social behaviour linked to drugs and alcohol from the occupants and the property and visitors.

Costs of £500 were ordered against the landlord Tracey Garnham of Broadway, Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police said: "Police in Barnsley have been working in partnership with Barnsley Council to address the anti-social behaviour and crime issues that have been reported by numerous neighbours of Park Grove, Barnsley.

"This resulted in the successful application for a closure order which was granted at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on 12 June 2019.

"We have worked hard to gather evidence to support this application from neighbours who have suffered persistent nuisance and intimidation over a number of weeks.

"Behaviour of this nature will not be tolerated, and this result sends a clear message to private landlords to take responsibility for the management of their properties and tenants."

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet spokesperson for Communities, added: "We remain committed to ensuring Barnsley is an enjoyable place to live for all of our residents and we are pleased that this closure order has been granted.

"We will continue to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime to make our communities safer as well as ensuring those who are most in need have access to support as part of our Safer Neighbourhood Service.

"Any residents with concerns or information about incidents in the borough should contact the safer neighbourhood team by emailing safer@barnsley.gov.uk."

To report instances of anti-social behaviour or crime, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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