Visitor ban for Wigan house after anti-social behaviour

The address on Keats Avenue subject to a closure order
The address on Keats Avenue subject to a closure order

A court has banned a Wigan house from receiving visitors in a bid to clamp down on anti-social behaviour there.

A closure order was granted for 26 Keats Avenue in Worsley Mesnes, after the authorities received reports of speeding cars and violence linked to those attending the address.

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At a short hearing at Wigan Magistrates’ Court, justices granted a three-month order to bar all but those who permanently live there.

The most recent reports about trouble originating from the home alleged that visitors drove a car at high speed around local streets and into a field where they eventually hit rugby posts, which caused the car to flip over.

Wigan Council served a closure notice at the address on June 26 2018 and subsequently applied for a closure order.

On June 28, Wigan Council and GMP attended court to see the closure order granted. It will remain in force until 4pm on September 27.

Anyone who is not named on the closure order, 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.

A Wigan Council spokesperson said: “We welcome the magistrates’ decision to put this closure order in place at an address on Keats Avenue.

“We know that any form of anti-social behaviour can have a disruptive effect on communities and we do our best to resolve issues where we can.

“Our ASB team will work closely with the community to safeguard them and prevent the behaviour occurring again.

“Any form of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and action can and will be taken against those who continue to cause disruption for other residents.”