King’s Lynn home is shut down after court grants closure order

The Highgate property (Flat 103) King's Lynn ANL-150124-090046009
The Highgate property (Flat 103) King's Lynn ANL-150124-090046009
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A Lynn home has been shut down for three months by a court order designed to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

Police went to the town’s magistrates court on Thursday to seek a closure order for the premises on Highgate, which they say has been a base for illegal drug activity and disorder for several months.

And officers say the case, which is only the second of its kind to have been brought in the borough, should serve as a warning to others.

Sgt Donna Wiseman, of the King’s Lynn Operational Partnership Team, said: “Norfolk Constabulary and partners are committed to reducing anti-social behaviour that has a debilitating effect on neighbours and the local neighbourhood.

“Residents should be reassured that police will continue to work with partner agencies to ensure people enjoy a good quality of life and not have to suffer the problems associated with drug usage.”

The order was granted under new powers which were granted to police and local authorities under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, which came into force last year.

The legislation gives them the power to close premises, preventing the previous occupiers from entering the building, unless under the supervision of police or council officers.

It also stops any other party from accessing the affected property and could enable owners to repossess it.

It is the second time the powers have been used in West Norfolk after an order to shut down a house in Downham was granted at the same court last month.

That order expired last Thursday, January 15 and West Norfolk Council deputy leader Brian Long said it had proved to be “very successful.”

He said: “The residents were very supportive of the action and one resident has been in touch expressing their thanks.

“We also believe that the tenant is now much more aware of the impact his behaviour has, not just in terms of the effect on others but also in relation to implications for him.

“We obviously don’t call on these powers routinely, but in extreme situations like this, a closure order can prove to be very effective.”