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Colchester Borough Homes secures closure order to address anti-social behaviour  

Date issued: 1 March 2024

Colchester Borough Homes secures closure order to address anti-social behaviour

Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) successfully obtained a Closure Order from Colchester Magistrates’ Court, prohibiting anyone from entering or remaining at 24 Chant Court for three months. This decisive action follows numerous reports of serious anti-social behaviour, including violence, threats, drug and solvent abuse, and noise nuisance emanating from the property.
 
The order comes after extensive collaboration between CBH’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Community Caretakers, and Colchester Police Community Team. They received consistent reports from residents and Essex Police detailing the ongoing issues and the detrimental impact they had on the community’s well-being. Notably, several officers allegedly faced assaults while responding to calls at the address.
 
Despite safety concerns, courageous residents came forward to support a community impact statement, highlighting the negative impact the behaviour had on their quality of life. Their unwavering support played a pivotal role in securing the court order.
 
Anybody breaching the order will now be liable to arrest and imprisonment.
Philip Sullivan, CBH Chief Executive said: “We take all reports of illegal and anti-social behaviour seriously and have zero tolerance for such conduct in our managed properties. This action underscores our commitment to working hand-in-hand with the police and other agencies to create safer communities and enhance the quality of life for Colchester residents.
 
“Closure Orders are always a last resort, and we prioritise offering assistance to residents in maintaining their tenancies. However, in certain instances, some individuals choose to disregard support, advice, and warnings.
 
“We are committed to upholding a balance between individual rights and the collective well-being of our communities. In this case, we empowered residents to reclaim control of the situation and address suspected illegal activity. We extend our sincere gratitude to them for their bravery and unwavering support.”
 
Chief Inspector Colin Cox, Colchester District Commander, said: “We know that anti-social behaviour is not in any way a low-level crime. It impacts on people and it impacts on their lives.
 
“We work determinedly with our partners to ensure that issues are being tackled effectively, whether that is in public or in private homes.
 
“I would encourage anyone who has experienced anti-social behaviour to report it to us. You may not see immediate action but all reports feed into our patrol plans and helps to ensure we have an accurate picture of the city and where to focus our resources.”
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