Closure order granted on nuisance neighbour

A closure order has been granted on a flat in Plymouth following repeated complaints of anti-social behaviour, drugs and noise nuisance.

Plymouth Magistrates granted the order on 3F Teats Hill flats after the court was satisfied that the tenant Neil Ashley Wright, age 49, had caused nuisance to members of the public, disorder, loud music, and there was evidence of drug use in the property, and the court decided it was necessary to stop a recurrence of anti-social behaviour. In addition to the tenant, the order also took into account the drug use and anti-social behaviour of visitors to the flat. The property is subject to a ten week closure order and Neil Ashley Wright has been ordered to pay £150 in court costs.

Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities for Plymouth City Council, said: “The court’s decision to grant this closure order at Teats Hill sends out a strong message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Plymouth. I would like to thank Plymouth Community Homes and Devon and Cornwall Police for their support as it shows what can happen when everyone works together.

“This case is important also because it highlights the fact that these orders also apply to the anti-social behaviour of guests and it is the responsibility of the tenant to ensure that both they themselves, and their guests behave in a way that does not cause a nuisance to neighbours – in this case noise, drug use and anti-social behaviour.

“I would particularly like to say a special thank you to the local residents, who have shown great courage in coming forward to give evidence about the anti-social behaviour they have been experiencing. We are pleased to be able to work together with people in the local community to respond to their concerns in this way.”

Steve Ford, Head of Homes and Neighbourhoods for Plymouth Community Homes, said: “We work hard with our residents and partners to resolve any problems and a closure order is always a last resort for us when all other options have been exhausted.

“However, anti-social behaviour can blight the lives of residents and we are keen to make sure that all our tenants feel safe and happy in their homes.”