Rotherham partnership working achieves closure order

Published Monday, 11th March 2019
Housing Officer Joanne Russell with PC Robson from South Yorkshire Police
Housing Officer Joanne Russell with PC Robson from South Yorkshire Police

Partnership working between the Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Policing Team and Rotherham Council has seen a property on Spring Walk, Rotherham closed for three months.

The problematic property has been closed after the local community raised concerns about drug use and anti-social behaviour.

Officers from the South Yorkshire Police's Rotherham Central Neighbourhood Policing Team were granted a closure order at Sheffield Magistrates Court last Wednesday (27 February 2019) for the property, under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The closure means nobody is allowed to enter the house, except police, council officials, and the residents of the house.

PC Steve Robson who led the investigation said: “In August 2018 concerns were raised by the local community that a property on Spring Walk was being used for drugs and was creating unwanted problems and anti-social behaviour in the area.

“Partnership working between Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police has now led to the partial closure of this property.

“This will hopefully send a message to people that are causing a nuisance that it will not be tolerated and action will be taken against them.

“It also reminds members of the community that if they tell us about issues they will be dealt with to improve their quality of life and the area they live and work in.”

Tom Bell, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Housing added: “I would like to thank the local residents for reporting issues with this property and this closure order is a result of their commitment to working with us and South Yorkshire Police to make Rotherham a safer place for all.”