Police granted closure order at an East Devon flat after complaints from residents

Police have been granted a closure order at a flat in Axminster, the first of its kind in the area, following repeated complaints of anti-social behaviour, drunken behaviour and drug taking at the property.

Exeter Magistrates granted a three month closure order on flat 2 Milton Mews after the Court was satisfied that the tenant, 56-year-old John Cambridge, had caused nuisance to members of the public and anti-social behaviour.

PCSO Hayley Widger, speaking on behalf of the Axminster Neighbourhood Team said: “It is good news that this flat, which has caused local residents misery and grief due to anti-social behaviour, drink and drug issues related, has been closed by the courts.

“The order also takes into account the anti-social behaviour of guests and visitors to the flat. This is our first successful closure order of its kind in Axminster, and sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in the area.

“We would like to thank the local residents who have shown great courage in coming forward to give evidence, and who were willing to work with us on this matter.

“We pride ourselves on how we work with our local community, and this is one example of the positive impact this can have when we tackle these issue together.”

Inspector Chris Chammings, said: “This closure order highlights the determination of Devon and Cornwall Police to take positive action against antisocial behaviour.

“We have shared the local communities concerns about this address for some time, and have used new legislation to good effect. We will continue to target those who ruins the lives of others.                                                                                                              

Antisocial behaviour significantly impacts people's quality of life and this can only be tackled by the police and partner agencies working with the residents themselves.

“If anyone is suffering similar problems within their neighbourhood we would urge them not to suffer in silence and to come forward to talk to police on 101 or report concerns anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."