Brandon homes closes

TWO homes have been closed down after reports of anti-social behaviour by neighbours.

TWO homes have been closed down after reports of anti-social behaviour by neighbours.

As reported by the Thetford and Brandon Times last week, temporary closure notices had already been served by Suffolk police at 15 and 26 Knappers Way, Brandon, in July. On Friday Bury St Edmunds magistrates granted full closures.

The orders were applied for on the grounds of persistent anti-social behaviour over the past three months and complaints were received from neighbours of excess noise and drinking. Some criminal offences were dealt with by way of cautions.

Forest Heath Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Neil Ireland said: “People living in this area of Brandon had complained that anti-social behaviour was making their lives a misery, and it was getting worse. The problem was adopted as an SNT Priority so that housing, police, Social Services, the District Council and Environmental Health could work together to find a way forward.

“The SNT gathered statements from local people and there was sufficient evidence to successfully apply for the closure orders. The orders allow habitual residents to be at these two properties but anyone else may be arrested, and officers will be enforcing this whilst the orders run.”

The case was brought under the Anti-social Behaviour Order, 2003, and was the first of its kind in Suffolk.

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Problems on the street, which is set in a square around a large patch of grass, include loud, late night parties, large groups gathering around the houses at weekends, and alleged underage drinking.

Insp Ireland added: “We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that youth nuisance and anti-social behaviour problems are removed from Knappers Way and do not return.

“No-one should have to put up with such issues where they live, and anyone with any concerns should contact their local Safer Neighbourhood Team who will be able to take appropriate action with partners. I would like to thank the residents of Knappers Way for their cooperation and assistance with these orders and I hope that the road returns to what it was previously, a peaceful place to live.”