Rotherham uses new powers on anti-social behaviour

Published Monday, 1st June 2015
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New powers geared to tackling noise and disorder were used in Rotherham for the first time last month when council and police officers were called to a local flat.

Loud music was switched off and five visitors to a flat in The Maltings, off Alma Road, were removed during the early hours of Friday morning. (May 22)

Officers from Rotherham Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team and South Yorkshire Police served an immediate Closure Notice on the tenant. Closure Notices allow the Police or Council to quickly close premises which are being used, or are likely to be used, to commit nuisance or disorder.

The Closure Notice was served under Section 76 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. This new legislation came into law in March this year and allows a prompt and immediate response to issues of anti-social behaviour without the need to get permission from the courts. 

In this case anti-social behaviour officers were called to the first floor property because of the level of loud music and because several young people were shouting out of the windows. 

Similar behaviour had been witnessed at the same flat in recent weeks and the tenants were warned about immediate on-the-spot closure of the property if the noise did not stop. However, these previous warnings were not heeded and the Closure Notice was issued and the property cleared of the people causing the problems. 

Steve Parry, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager for Rotherham Council, said he believed the action showed that the authority was determined to tackle anti-social behaviour.

He said: "We have always had a robust approach to tackling anti-social behaviour but the events that night prove that through good partnership working with the police, we will not only take firm action against such behaviour, but will also use all the powers that are available to us."