Residents welcome Downham Market party house closure

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Residents of a street dubbed a “neighbourhood from hell” have welcomed a court order closing down a home in their street in a bid to prevent anti-social behaviour.

The landmark legal ruling prevents anyone other than police or borough council staff from accessing the property in Glebe Road, Downham, until the middle of January.

But the man who lived there claims the move was unfair and has left him homeless.

Last week, Lynn magistrates granted West Norfolk Council an order to close the house after hearing reports of repeated loud parties, including one dubbed a “10 hour rave” and disorder around the house.

Next-door neighbour Greg Dzimowski said: “There have been lots of parties but this time it was ridiculous. It was all night.

“Around 10 pictures on my wall fell down and some broke. The whole house was shaking.

“It got so bad I took my family out in the car to escape it in the hope it would stop when we got back.”

Mr Dzimowski claimed he confronted William Loasby, who was hosting the party at the property he rented about the noise, but had the door slammed in his face.

Meanwhile, Mr Loasby said he wanted to apologise to some of his neighbours for the disruption caused, but accused one near neighbour of swearing at him when demanding the volume was turned down.

And he insisted the decision to impose the order was unfair and had left him “walking the streets.”

He said: “I am homeless. The only place the council has offered me to live is the biggest drug den in King’s Lynn.

“Since I left court I have been walking the streets. I haven’t really slept. I have just been going to warm places. I do not have friends and family to help me.”

The closure order was granted through new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, which was passed earlier this year.

The law allows police and local authorities to close premises down for a maximum of three months in order to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

But Mr Loasby claimed the incident was the first time council officers had visited his home and said the law should only be used against persistent offenders.

He said of the new rules: “I think it is a joke.”

However, another neighbour, Chris McGrath, said he was “glad” action had finally been taken, adding that his grandparents had considered moving out of their home because of the problems.

He said: “They feel driven out of their home.

“They’ve rung the council twice a week every week for months and have had meetings with the council about him.”

Another resident, who declined to be named, added: “I built my house 30 years ago, built it myself and now I want to move. There is warfare between some along the road.

“Mr Loasby isn’t the only one round here causing problems. He’s a neighbour from hell but this is a neighbourhood from hell.”

Some suggested action should have been taken sooner, but police said the fact the case was brought within a week of the latest incident showed they were listening to residents’ concerns.