A ‘seriously noisy’ Bexhill flat was closed for three months by magistrates on Wednesday (July 20) after complaints about alcohol-fuelled parties and abusive behaviour.
Entering the Wilton Road flat for the next 12 weeks is a criminal offence following Hastings magistrates’ decision to issue a closure order.
The occupants and their visitors had indulged in noisy, alcohol-fuelled parties and abusive behaviour which had a significant impact on others living around them, according to police.
Inspector Dan Russell, of the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Bexhill, said: “We’ve been working with Rother District Council to reduce the anti-social behaviour associated with this particular flat and to improve the quality of life of others living nearby.
“Due to the ongoing serious nuisance and disorder it was felt that an application to the courts for a closure order was the correct option.”
Angry Wilton Road residents protested outside Bexhill police station last month as they believed the police were ignoring their complaints about the disturbance on their road.
Police received reports of youths in hoodies fighting in the road at around 10pm on June 24 but those responsible had dispersed and no arrests were made.
But now the flat has been shut down for three months after the court accepted an order under the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was the correct course to take to prevent further nuisance and disorder.
“It should serve as a clear warning that neither the police nor the local authority will tolerate such behaviour. Most people in the district respect their neighbours,” Insp Russell added.
“Those who don’t can expect us to take appropriate action.”
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