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Order to close town property

PROBLEMS with anti-social behaviour and drugs have led to a Bognor Regis maisonette being shut.

 

A closure order has been issued for 18 Hotham Gradens to prevent anyone from entering the premises until next March 7.

 

The order, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, was issued at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

 

Police became away of the behaviour and criminal activities being carried out at the property after members of the public reported suspicious behaviour.

 

Sussex Police prevention Sergeant Ian Cheeseman said: “The issue of a closure order on the Hotham Gardens property follows a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour and reports of drug taking at the location over recent months.

 

“We listened the concerns from residents regarding the problems the occupants and those visiting the flat have been causing and this closure will help prevent this behaviour from continuing.

 

“We were able to work closely with Hyde Housing Group to secure this closure order.

 

“But this would not have been possible without the assistance from the public in reporting these issues to us.

 

“We are urging communities to continue to report matters to us so that robust action can be taken.”

 

The order follows the placing of partial closure orders on two Bognor Regis properties on November 30.

 

Those orders concern 38 Ockley Court, Ockley Road, and Flat 1, 6 Albert Road. Only those named on the orders are able to enter the premises.

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