Partnership helping to keep residents safe

Two police officers on the beat.

A successful partnership between Sanctuary Housing and Suffolk Police has helped improve the lives of people in Ipswich plagued by antisocial behaviour.

Residents of Prospect Street, in the Jubilee Park area of Ipswich, have seen more than two years of antisocial behaviour finally ended after town magistrates closed a house following a number of reported incidents.

The court order, which lasts for three months, was brought about following the efforts of Sanctuary’s housing officer and neighbourhood officers from Suffolk Police, who worked together to force the action.

It means the tenant is not allowed to live at the property and can only gain access to collect belongings if accompanied by the police and housing officer.

Mitchell Billing, Sanctuary’s housing officer, said: “This court order is a welcome conclusion to months of hard work between ourselves and Suffolk Police and we are delighted with the outcome.

“Residents can now get back to living their lives without the fear of antisocial behaviour on their doorstep.”

PC Daniel Thompson from Suffolk Police said: “The address was linked to a number of incidents and there had also been various complaints from members of the public who provided police with statements to assist them with the Closure Order.

“This means the tenant and all visitors have been prohibited from entering the property and the address has been boarded up. Sanctuary Housing will now begin outright possession of the property.

“This is good example of partnership working – how police and partner agencies can work together to deal with crime and antisocial behaviour issues.”