Portsmouth City Council has demonstrated its tough approach to dealing with antisocial behaviour by obtaining a closure order of a council-owned property following numerous warnings, in conjunction with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary.
The closure came after the occupant of the property, 91 King St, Southsea, and a large group of associates had caused severe harassment, alarm and distress to many people in the community over a period of time.
The closure order was authorised by Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court at a hearing yesterday (Wednesday 2 August). It means that nobody, unless authorised by the court, will be allowed to enter or remain at the address for three months. Anyone who enters the property without permission will be committing a criminal offence and can be arrested.
Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “I hope the closure of these premises gives a huge shout out that there can be very real and serious consequences for antisocial behaviour.
“The severe impact that these behaviours have had on the community is intolerable and I commend the council officers for taking action following numerous warnings and sanctions handed to the occupant in the past.
“The council has worked with the police throughout and concluded that the only option was to close the premises down for the wellbeing of the community.”
Inspector Dan Johnson from Southsea’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is an example of our effective partnership working to support Portsmouth City Council. These types of closures are never simple as it ultimately means someone is moved out of their home, however support will always be afforded to those that seek it and look to change their behaviours.”