Published: Friday, 18 June 2021
Closure Order Granted for Council Flat at Boulter Crescent
A closure order has been granted for a council flat at Boulter Crescent in Wigston after people living nearby raised repeated concerns about the tenant’s persistent anti-social behaviour.
Officers from the Council’s Housing and Legal Teams, together with Leicestershire Police, jointly took action to secure a three-month closure order after the flat’s tenant ignored repeated advice, warnings and offers of support, and continued to engage in anti-social behaviour.
The issues caused by the tenant, involved noise-nuisance and annoyance and the harassment of neighbours, including racially aggravated, threatening and abusive language. These issues were compounded by the tenant allowing numerous visitors to frequent the flat.
At a hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 16 June, the Council’s Assistant Solicitor, Samuel Ball, told the court how residents “had suffered harassment, alarm and distress on a continual basis for a number of months, how they had feared repercussions if they did complain and how they had modified their own behaviour to avoid further unprovoked conflict with the tenant”.
The closure order now means that from mid-day on 17 June, no one is allowed to enter the property, including the tenant. On granting the order, Magistrates warned that anyone breaching the order could be arrested and, if found guilty, could face a punishment of up to 51 weeks in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
Thomas MacCabe, the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer, said: “Residents on Boulter Crescent should be able to live in safe communities, free from the fear and nuisance caused by other tenants”.
The Council’s Head of Law & Democracy, David Gill, said: "This order sends a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and, together with our partners, we will continue to use all legal remedies available to robustly deal with anti-social behaviour to protect our communities."