New powers are being successfully used in parts of Coventry to address anti-social behaviour (ASB) based around properties in some areas of the city.
Partners including the Police, Coventry City Council and Whitefriars Housing have successfully issued closure notices at a number of properties in Hillfields and Spon End where there had been significant drug and ASB issues.
Preventative action was taken after repeated reports and complaints where received about anti-social behaviour from affected neighbours and officers.
Craig Hickin, Head of Environmental Services, said: “It’s the first time we’ve used the powers from the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 across several properties. It’s a positive piece of joined up work that has led to positive results for the victims.”
The powers applied by agencies in Coventry meant that four orders were executed. The properties were prohibited from having any visitors whilst the notice was in place, greatly reducing the opportunity for groups to cause issues.
Anyone found in the properties whilst the notices were in place was liable to arrest.
The powers lasted for 48 hours, and during that time agencies received no complaints, while people in neighbouring properties said they had suffered no nuisance behaviour.
The new powers mean that any subsequent closure of the properties, either for a longer time period or permanently, are easier to obtain.
Inspector Ed Peake, West Midlands Police, Coventry Central Police Station, added: “People should be able to feel safe in their own home but sometimes the behaviour of their neighbours prevents this. West Midlands Police will work with our partners to help those in need and we will take action against those who act in an anti-social manner towards their neighbours”
Carmel McCarthy, Director of Housing and Neighbourhoods at WM Housing, said ‘Whitefriars is committed to tackling drug and ASB issues. We’re pleased to be working alongside the Council and West Midland Police to use all the tools available to us to ensure our residents are supported and feel safe and secure in their homes and communities.”
The Home Office published statutory guidance in July 2014 to support the effective use of new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour that were introduced through the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
To report Anti-social behaviour call the Police on 999 if they or their properties are in immediate danger. To report non-emergency incidents visit https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/incident-report