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Council close Harold Hill flat over drugs, fighting and a ladder

PUBLISHED: 13:37 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:35 17 June 2015

Charlbury Crescent. Picture: Google Maps

Charlbury Crescent. Picture: Google Maps

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Drug dealing, fighting, stealing electricity and guests entering via a ladder have led Havering Council to close down a flat.

The authority has gone through the courts to slap a closure order on 55 Charlbury Crescent in Harold Hill after months of anti-social behaviour.

Tenant Philip Wood, 53, was also convicted of abstracting electricity to the value of £724.76, which earned him a fine and a bill for compensation on May 8.

Neighbours last year began to complain of increased noise and nuisance, drug use, drinking and regular fights inside and outside the property.

Police and council officers worked closely with the residents and encouraged them to keep a “nuisance diary” – which logged the goings on.

But repeated warnings were “completely ignored” and a closure order was made and granted on June 4.

Between October last year and May, a large number of residents complained of men and women dealing and using drugs, drinking and causing noise nuisance.

They also noted Wood regularly collecting cannabis from cars, community wardens being sworn at and occupants of the flat fighting in the communal area outside.

Guests were also seen entering the flat via a ladder to the window.

Cllr Damian White, deputy leader and cabinet member for housing, said: “We will always take strong and appropriate action when the behaviour of a few threatens to disrupt the peaceful daily lives of our residents.

“I would like to thank those who kept nuisance diaries which helped to ensure a strong case could be presented to the courts and a positive result was achieved”.

Cllr Osman Dervish, Ccbinet member for community safety, added: “We want to make sure Havering is a safe place for our residents to live and this is the right outcome for the tenants at Charlbury Cresent.”

Since Section 80 of the Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force on April 1, the council has successfully made two closure orders and an injunction relating to anti-social behaviour.


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