Barnsley Council and South Yorkshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Service have had a house temporarily ‘closed’ for three months.
The house, in Bank Street, Worsbrough, is now subject to a closure order, after it was granted at Barnsley’s Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 18 April. This 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 the council and police received a high volume of calls linked to the address. The calls reported fly tipping, theft of wheelie bins, off-road bikes, criminal damage, fighting and more anti-social behaviour.
Mark Giles, Service Manager for the Safer Neighbour Service at Barnsley Council, said: “We’ve taken firm action to address the calls we have received about this address. Residents were living in fear, but this closure order will improve the quality of life for our residents. We’re committed to reducing crime and antisocial behaviour, to make our communities safer.
“One of the key aims of Safer Neighbourhood Service is to make sure that communities who are most in need have access to support. This house was causing many issues for residents, so we’re pleased that the order has been granted.”
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