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Colchester property closed after antisocial behaviour complaints 

Date issued: 21 March 2024
 

Colchester property closed after antisocial behaviour complaints

 
Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) has successfully obtained a Closure Order from Colchester Magistrates’ Court, prohibiting anyone from entering or remaining at 24 Holman Crescent, Prettygate, Colchester, for three months. This decisive action follows numerous reports of serious antisocial behaviour, including suspected drug dealing, at the address.
 
The order, granted on Wednesday, 14 March, makes it a criminal offence for anyone to be at the property during the three-month closure period. Anyone breaching the order could be arrested and imprisoned. This successful outcome resulted from a collaborative effort between CBH’s Antisocial Behaviour Team, Community Caretakers, and the Colchester Local Policing Team. They took possession of the premises with the support of residents who bravely reported the activities at the address.
 
“We are committed to creating a safe and secure environment for our residents,” said Philip Sullivan, CEO of Colchester Borough Homes. “Antisocial behaviour can have a devastating impact on the lives of those living nearby, and we will not tolerate it in our properties. This Closure Order demonstrates our unwavering resolve to work alongside residents and the police to tackle these issues head-on.
 
“Obtaining a Closure Order is a significant step, and we only pursue this course of action after exhausting all other avenues. Our priority remains supporting tenants wherever possible. However, in cases where individuals persistently disregard the well-being of their neighbours, we will take decisive action to protect our residents’ right to live peacefully in their homes.
 
“I want to express my gratitude to the residents who bravely came forward and reported the activities at 24 Holman Crescent. Their cooperation and courage were essential in securing this Closure Order. We will continue to work together with residents and the police to make Colchester a better place to live for everyone.”
 
A local resident said: “CBH has done a fantastic job, and I, along with other residents, would like to thank them for their support and hard work in sorting this out.
 
“For a time, living here has been a nightmare. We’ve had to put up with violence, fear, a dangerous dog, dangerous driving, noise disturbances, abuse, and drug dealing. At first, it seemed like it would never end, but I’m thankful the situation has now been resolved.”
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