UPDATE: Court orders closure of King’s Lynn flat after 23 police callouts

Hillington Square in King's Lynn ANL-160428-084340001
Hillington Square in King's Lynn ANL-160428-084340001
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A court has ordered the closure of a Lynn flat which police were called to 23 times since last October.

Police, council officers and other agencies have obtained a closure order relating to the property in Hillington Square, which they say was associated with violence, drug use and anti-social behaviour.

The order, which was granted by Lynn magistrates last Thursday under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, runs for a period of two months.

It prevents anyone from entering the property.

Sergeant Donna Wiseman, of Norfolk Police’s Lynn Operational Partnership Team, said: “We 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.”

West Norfolk Council leader Brian Long said: “The Operational Partnership Team reviewed all the complaints and evidence and looked at all the available options before concluding that the most effective and robust approach was to secure a closure order, so further issues related to drug use at the property could be prevented.

“Our priority is to protect others in the vicinity and to prevent their lives being made a misery.

“The police secured this closure order and we have wholeheartedly supported their actions.

“Our message to others is that this level of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will continue to work with and support all our partners to tackle it in West Norfolk.”

The flat is owned by Freebridge Community Housing, which is spending tens of millions of pounds regenerating the area.

Director of housing Robert Clarke said: “Freebridge work in close partnership with the Borough Council, Norfolk Constabulary and other agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour.

“As such, we fully support the action being taken on this case.”