Closure order granted for property in Bury St Edmunds

Police officers walk the beat

Sanctuary Housing and Suffolk Police have successfully worked together to obtain a closure order for a property in Bury St Edmunds that has seen bouts of antisocial behaviour issues for the past six months.

Several reports of antisocial behaviour have been made to Sanctuary and the police since October 2016 regarding drug related issues and people trafficking at Magna House on Eastgate Street, which has now received a three-month closure order from Ipswich Magistrate Court.

The tenant is able to return to the property, attended by the police and Sanctuary’s housing officer, during the closure to collect their belongings but will not be entitled to reside at the property while the order is in place.

While the closure order is in place, Sanctuary and the police will continue their partnership by regularly visiting the area to ensure the property remains secure and the housing provider is also currently pursuing legal proceedings to gain possession of the property on an absolute ground for possession.

“Value of partnership working”

Sanctuary’s area manager Asha Baldwin said: “Obtaining this closure order after months of antisocial behaviour issues is a welcome achievement and demonstrates the value of partnership working with our local police force.

“The outcome is exactly what we all hoped for and I’m sure that local residents will be pleased to see the end to the issues they’ve been experiencing.”

“We do not tolerate antisocial behaviour”

Chief Inspector David Giles of Suffolk Police: “Antisocial behaviour blights communities. By working in partnership with Sanctuary Housing, we have responded to the concerns raised by local residents and have successfully sought the closure notice.

"This action should stand as a clear warning that we do not tolerate antisocial behaviour and will take robust action to tackle problem addresses and individuals committing such activity.”