New law used
for first time to close down nuisance house
house has been closed down after neighbours were subjected to months of
excessive noise, rowdy and intimidating behaviour.
is the first time new laws to prevent anti-social behaviour have been invoked
in the town.
dealing was also a common occurrence out of the house in Cardigan Road, near
Cemetery Junction, East Reading.
anti-social behaviour led to a Closure Notice being issued by police in
conjunction with Reading Borough Council.
notice was last Friday under anti-social behaviour laws introduced in the ASB
Crime and Policing Act 2014, removing the tenants for 24 hours. An application
to extent the period for three months was granted by Reading Magistrates Court
spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “It means access to the property is
now restricted and the occupiers cannot enter the property for the duration of
the 3 month order.
further application can be made to extend this period by another 3 months if
Terry, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods said: “This is the first time that
this order has been used in Reading and I hope that it will act as warning to
others involved in anti-social behaviour.
will use all the powers available to us to ensure that our law-abiding
residents are protected from people who behave badly and disrupt the peace of
Aziz of Thames Valley Police said: “This address was the subject of numerous
complaints of anti-social behaviour and drug use.
local Neighbourhood Police Team executed a Drugs Warrant at this address, and
following this, working closely with our partners in the Council, we have now
secured respite for residents in the street by closing down this property
through the courts utilising new legislation.”