Problem flats closed down by court order

31 Derbe Road, St Annes, is the first Fylde home to undergo a closure order
31 Derbe Road, St Annes, is the first Fylde home to undergo a closure order
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Three flats have been closed and the tenants forced to move out after what is believed to be the first successful police closure order in Fylde.

Over a 12-month period, residents on Derbe Road had complained about the noise and behaviour in a property split into three flats.

Following an investigation by police and Fylde Council into complaints about criminal behaviour at the address and excessive noise, Blackpool magistrates granted a closure order.

The order means that the house must remain closed and anybody who enters the premises can be arrested.

“I can’t tell you how pleased we are,” said a resident on Derbe Road, who did not wish to be named.

“One property was dragging the whole street down and all I can say is that we are delighted to see the back of them.”

The occupiers of two of the flats have already voluntarily left the premises, while the third occupants will now – after the court order – be forced to leave too.

“This is a tremendous result for the residents living either side of the property as their lives have been made unbearable as a result of the selfish behaviour of the residents at number 31,” said Sgt Jennifer Bradshaw from the Fylde Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“This closure order sends out a clear message to tenants and landlords alike that the new legislation will be used to minimise and where possible eradicate anti-social behaviour.

“I hope that the residents on Derbe Road can now start to rebuild their lives and finally get a good night’s sleep.”

Fylde Council helped the police push through the closure order by monitoring the noise at the address and finding it to be excessive.

“We handed those results to the police, who coordinated an application to the magistrates for closure order notice,” said a spokesman for the council.

“It is the first closure order we are aware of in Fylde and we welcome police action in successfully applying for the order.

“We are always happy to work with the police against allegations of anti-social behaviour and to protect the interests and peace of other residents.”