House linked to anti-social behaviour in Weymouth closed down

A multiple occupancy house linked to anti-social behaviour in Weymouth has been closed down following a successful court order.

The eight occupants of the address on Hanover Road were ordered to leave on Thursday 12 July 2018 after Weymouth Magistrates’ Court served a three-month closure notice order under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The order states that anyone who remains in or enters the address is liable for prosecution.

Police Constable Sandra Rigby, of the Weymouth Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Anti-social behaviour is a blight on the community and we have taken decisive action due to the alarming  number of complaints made by local residents.

“I would like to thank everyone who provided intelligence and information about what was occurring at the address and I appreciate how the ASB has had a real impact on residents. I really hope the order makes a positive difference for them.

“Since early 2018 there had been a significant increase in ASB from individuals connected to the address. This has included alleged drug activity, fights, drunken behaviour and noise. This has been a drain on police resources that could have been best served elsewhere.

“We have consulted with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council while securing this order and I hope it provides local residents with reassurance that we will deal with their concerns and take positive action where necessary.

“The individuals who have been removed from the property have been referred to the relevant agencies for support and assistance to find suitable housing.”

Anyone who has concerns about anti-social behaviour in their community is urged to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.