Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 10 August 2021
A TENANT and visitors have been banned from visiting a council flat on Bennett Close in Hinckley for three months, following a number of anti-social incidents which were reported to Leicestershire Police and the Borough Council.
The three-month closure notice was granted at the property – 16 Bennett Close, after residents were subjected to incidents of anti-social behaviour, including late night disturbances, suspected drug misuse and nuisance behaviour.
This is the second closure order notice to be dished out to a Bennett Close-based Council flat over the course of the past month – another on the same street shut down for the same circumstances back in early July.
Leicester Magistrates Courts granted the closure order at the end of July (30 July), banning the tenant and visitors, meaning that only the landlord and emergency services are the only people permitted to visit the property.
A ‘closure notice’ sign has been displayed on the property, making it known that it is out of bounds to anyone who tries to pay a visit.
Anyone who attempts to or is found breaching the order could be arrested, or if they are found guilty, they could even face a punishment of 51 weeks in prison, or even an ‘unlimited’ fine.
Executive Member for Housing and Community Safety at the Borough Council, Councillor Michael Mullaney, said: “Local residents were having to put up with offensive anti-social behaviour from this property, so I am glad action has been taken to help solve the problem.
“Everyone should be able to feel safe in their own home and this type of behaviour is unacceptable and this demonstrates that we will take action if required.”