Closure orders have been made on two flats where tenants subjected their neighbours to persistent intimidation and drug dealing day and night.
The orders were obtained at Camberwell and Croydon Magistrates’ Court on 12 and 20 February 2019 respectively, and tenants have already fed back that the changes have had a positive effect on the community, with less disturbances.
Croydon Council worked with the police and CCHA Housing Association to secure the three month orders on the properties in Sutherland Court, South Norwood.
They took action after CCHA tenants and local residents complained of prostitution, vandalism, noise and disturbance, with high volumes of visitors congregating outside the building causing great distress.
The neighbours were constantly woken by their doorbells being rung at all hours, their communal door was damaged and there was flytipping outside.
The problems first came to light last spring, when, despite CCHA home visits and warnings, the antisocial behaviour did not stop. This led to a police investigation, with officers assisting with joint visits.
During this time CCHA made security improvements at the block to help residents feel safer, including installing magnetic locks on the communal doors.
As reports continued, the police took further action and carried out raids on three flats in the block, in August 2018, following intelligence of suspected drugs and criminal activity. These investigations are still ongoing.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
“These orders show how good partnership work can help improve a neighbourhood and ensure a safer, calmer, environment for the tenants and residents who have been affected by this antisocial behaviour. No one should feel fearful and anxious in their own home.”
CCHA will now pursue possession of the properties through the County Court.