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Closure Order secured in Kirkby

by Gemma Melling

Yesterday, Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team secured a partial Closure Order at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court for a property on Quarryside Drive, Kirkby.

The occupant had committed a number of order offences, as well as behaving anti-socially, over an 18 month period. This included consistent noise, alcohol and drug use as well as violence.

The action taken demonstrates that the Crime and Communities Team is listening to and acting on information provided by the local community. Whilst a number of agencies had offered the resident support to change their behaviour, all offers of support were rejected. Due to the persistent nature and the negative impact this was having on residents, the Crime and Communities Team stepped in to take legal action.

The partial Closure Order means that the resident can return home, but further action including an application for a full Closure Order, a fine or custodial sentence can be imposed if the Order is breached. Reports of any breach should continue to be shared with Merseyside Police by calling 101 or reporting online via the Merseyside Police website.

Merseyside Police Sergeant David Harrison, part of the Crime and Communities Team, said “The action of one individual was having a huge detrimental impact on a number of residents in neighbouring properties. We will continue to use enforcement action against those who continue to cause misery for others and flout the law. Any breaches to this partial Closure Order will be fully investigated and further action taken if necessary. Residents are urged to continue to share information with us if this anti-social and disorderly behaviour continues.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, added “This is a great example of partnership working – with agencies and the local community. We have listened to the concerns of our residents and worked collaboratively with partners to firstly offer support to the resident and then take enforcement action when this proved unsuccessful. We will take further action if the anti-social behaviour persists.”

The partial Closure Order (under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014), prohibits anyone from entering the property (other than the tenant, property managers or emergency services) until 4pm on 12 August. If anyone unauthorised enters the property, they are liable for a fine or a custodial sentence (up to six months).