First rowdy house to be hit by closure order

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A HOUSE in the Wigan borough has been served with the first ever Closure Order after a spate of anti-social behaviour incidents.

The order was issued after local residents complained about ASB at the property at 193 Glebe Street, Leigh.

Large groups of males and females were reported to have visited the address on a number of occasions – disturbing local residents.

This is the first time the order has been used in borough and will last for three months (finishing on June 10).

The order will prevent large groups of people from entering the property and causing a nuisance.

Officers from Wigan Council’s safer environment ASB team and GMP’s Leigh East Neighbourhood Policing Team have visited the property on a number of occasions.

They spoke to nearby residents who explained the effect the behaviour was having on their lives. One couple said they wanted to move.

After the interviews, officers prepared statements for a Closure Notice, using Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

This order prohibits access to the property to anyone not on a list of approved names, which includes the tenants, two of their close friends, the landlord, emergency services and Wigan Council.

The tenant has also been served with a Section 21 Eviction Notice by their landlord.

The tenant will now be supported, by officers, to find suitable alternative accommodation.

Insp Liz Sanderson from the Leigh East INPT, said: “We believe this closure sends out a message that will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in our communities.

“This closure would not have happened without the help from the local community and I would like to thank those people who gave the initial information which led to this closure.

“We will continue to work together to stop people who act in this way.”

Alan Blundell, assistant director for regulation at Wigan Council, said: “This situation was causing a lot of distress for local residents so our officers pulled out all the stops to implement the closure as quickly as possible.

“We will work with the tenant to address these issues to prevent them from occurring again.”