Anti-social neighbour removed thanks to closure order

Published: Thursday, 31 March 2022

A Closure Order has been granted for a house at Station Street, South Wigston after neighbours raised repeated concerns about the persistent anti-social behaviour relating to the property and the tenant.

Officers from Oadby & Wigston Borough Council together with Leicestershire Police, jointly took action to secure a three-month Closure Order after the tenant ignored repeated advice, warnings and offers of support, and continued to engage in and allow anti-social behaviour to occur at the property.PC 2939 Richard Smith of Leicestershire Police (L) and Thomas Maccabe, the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer (R) outside the closed property at Station Street, South Wigston

Complaints relating to the tenant, Danielle Taggart (32), included noise-nuisance, drug misuse and dealing, prostitution, burglary and criminal damage, often occurring late in the evening or in the early hours of the morning.

At a hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 30 March, the Council’s Assistant Solicitor, Samuel Ball, told the court how families living nearby had suffered “upset, alarm and distress on a continual basis for a number of months, affecting the enjoyment of their own properties and homes”. This prompted strong action from the borough council and police.

The Closure Order now means that from noon on 30 March, 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 in Oadby & Wigston should be able to live in safe communities, free from the fear and nuisance caused by others. We’re pleased with the court order and we hope this brings some peace and normality back for those living in nearby homes.”

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."