Closure order granted for anti-social behaviour

A pair of nuisance neighbours have been evicted from their property by Plymouth Magistrates after a sustained campaign of anti-social behaviour.

Plymouth City Council’s Community Connections Team applied for a closure order on Flat 5, 32 Grand Parade after work in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police, which the Magistrates granted on Wednesday for a period of three months.

Tenants Jody Carthy and Julian Jones did not contest the hearing.

It follows months of anti-social behaviour at the address, which the court heard was being used for the supply and use of Class A drugs. There was also a high level of violent crime linked to the address.

The court heard that the behaviour at the address was affecting quality of life of those living nearby, who feared for their safety, and was also having a detrimental impact on local businesses.

The order forms part of an ongoing crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour in the city.

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “We are fully committed to working with our partners to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and create a safer Plymouth and this closure order shows that we are not afraid or reticent to take tough action.”

The Council encourages residents who face similar issues not to suffer in silence.

Residents can report problems with anti-social behaviour completely anonymously by calling either Police 101 or the Safer Communities Team on 01752 307049.