Violence and anti social behaviour leads to police closing down a rented Wisbech house for three months

Wisbech House closed for three months in John Thompson Road.

Wisbech House closed for three months in John Thompson Road. - Credit: Archant

A house in Wisbech has been closed by police for three months following reports of violence and anti social behaviour.

The closure order has been put in place for 15 John Thompson Road, Wisbech.

Starting on Friday 22 June the premises will be closed to everyone for three months, until September 22, including the lawful tenants.

Insp Ian Lombardo said: “This is the first time this power has been used in Wisbech and will have a positive effect on the local community.

“A lot of work has been put into this application by the neighbourhood team with the full support of the housing provider and we are both extremely pleased with being granted a full closure order by the court.”

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said that anyone who remains in, or enters the property during the closure order is liable to a fine or even imprisonment under Section 80 of the Anti-Social, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

“This address was a source of significant anti-social behaviour and there has also been numerous incidents of violence linked to this address.

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“The activities at the location were having a real detrimental effect on persons living in neighbouring properties and on the community as a whole.

“In consultation with the housing provider and with their full support the police issued a closure notice at the address on Wednesday June 20.”

Police and the housing provider jointly attended court to request a full closure order and this application was successful.

The spokesman said: “The local policing team will continue to work with partners to deal robustly with issues that are causing harm to the Fenland community.”