Closure issued on Kettering flat following complaints of drug misuse and anti-social behaviour

Published: Friday, 7th April 2017

Further application in place to evict tenant from property

Kettering Borough Council, working closely with Northamptonshire Police, has successfully applied to the Magistrates Court for a closure order for a flat in Kettering following complaints of drug misuse and anti-social behaviour.

The closure order was granted by Northampton Magistrates’ Court for the property in Alfred Street, Kettering on 30 March. The order is valid for three months and makes it a criminal offence for any person including the tenant to enter the address.

The court were satisfied that making the order was necessary in order to prevent persons engaging in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour on the premises.

The Council will be making a further court application to evict the tenant from the property.

John Conway, Head of Housing at Kettering Borough Council, said: 

“Our tenants are entitled to live in their homes without the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour from their neighbours. We will not hesitate to take decisive action against drug dealers and other people engaged in criminal activity where we have the grounds to do so.”

Sgt. Scott Little, Northamptonshire Police, said:

“Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police worked closely to obtain the closure order for this address after reports of anti-social behaviour associated with the address. The use of a closure order is another tool that Police and partners can use to stop anti-social behaviour and protect our communities from harm.”