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Closure order ends tenant's anti-social behaviour

Nuisance behaviour by a Folkestone man - and many of the visitors to his Guildhall Street flat - has been stopped following court action.

Guildhall Street closure order

The catalogue of anti-social behaviour from people inside and outside the flat who were openly taking drugs and drinking to excess, was highlighted at Folkestone Magistrates' Court.

Complaints were made by shoppers and businesses in Guildhall Street, as well as nearby residents and other tenants who said that their lives were being made a misery by the actions of the 44-year-old tenant and his associates.

Working together as part of the Folkestone & Hythe Community Safety Partnership, Kent Police and Folkestone & Hythe District Council gathered evidence about the activities and with the landlord of the privately rented flat applied successfully for a closure order.

The tenant, who received the closure order, was required to leave the property immediately on Wednesday 9 September 2020.

Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, F&HDC Cabinet member for Communities, said: "Nearby residents and businesses were suffering terribly and I am pleased to hear from the landlord that there is a shared sense of relief amongst the tenants now that this has been brought to an end.

"The district's residents do not have to put up with this sort of behaviour and if it arises then it must be reported. The Community Safety Unit is able to take closure order action when we have the necessary evidence and statements showing the true impact on lives from behaviour such as that associated with the Guildhall Street flat."

Inspector Andy Brittenden of Folkestone's Community Safety Unit said: "Kent Police does not underestimate the impact that drug dealing and associated anti-social behaviour can have on our communities. We will continue to work with our partners to disrupt drug supply and use and will use all of the tactics available to us to pursue and prosecute those involved.

"As always, we fully appreciate the support we have received from our partners and members of the public and urge people to continue to report suspicious activity so that we can take action."

Anti-social behaviour can be reported to Kent Police online. If someone is in immediate danger and it needs to be reported straight away, call 999. Reports can also be made to the community safety team via the contact us page on the Folkestone & Hythe District Council website.

Date published: 15 September 2020

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