Problem Property Ordered to Close in Stoke-on-Trent

Officers from the Stoke-on-Trent North Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) have been successful in their application to close a problem property in Birches Head, which has been linked to anti-social behaviour.

The property, on Mount Street was ordered, on Tuesday (24 August), to close until 27 November 2021.

It comes as officers had previously successfully applied to have the property closed in May until today (27 August).

The latest closure order was granted at North Staffordshire Justice Centre by Stoke-on-Trent City Council as a result of evidence submitted by officers.

Evidence showed the address was a location used by those conducting anti-social behaviour and was having a detrimental impact on the local community.

Sergeant Chris Gifford, of Stoke-on-Trent North (NPT), said: “A property closure order is one of the many tools used by local officers to deal with problem addresses and tenants.

“I hope that this successful application gives confidence to the community that we will listen and act upon their concerns to deal with those that cause us the most issues.”

Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader, Abi Brown, said: “People who cause a menace in their communities by their anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

“Thankfully incidents such as this are in a very small minority, but when they occur we will act.

“We worked with the community, listened to their concerns and through successful partnership work with Staffordshire Police, have taken action.”

If you have been affected by anti-social behaviour in your area, contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or call 999 in an emergency

Tony Walley
News & Sport Editor

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