FIGHTING, suspected drug dealing and anti-social behavior have led to the closure of a problem house.
A closure order was granted for the property in Parkfield, in Stockton yesterday (Wednesday, June 15).
The house in Sun Street, which is split into an upstairs and downstairs flat, will be inaccessible for three months.
It is now boarded up and anyone who tries to enter can be prosecuted.
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Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard details of a string of complaints including reports of a constant flow of visitors and people urinating and vomiting in the street.
Regular fighting was also reported with one fight involving weapons being described by a witness as “like pure hell had broken loose.”
There were also reports of suspected drug dealing taking place, with items being exchanged from the upstairs flat window via a bucket attached to a fishing rod.
Councilor Norma Stephenson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s cabinet member for access, communities and community safety, said: “There are lots of families with children living nearby and the activities in and around this property have made their lives a misery. They’ve also caused countless sleepless nights.
“People have an absolute right to live their lives in peace and this kind of behavior just won’t be tolerated. I hope this closure order will bring relief to people in the area and improve their everyday lives.
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“I’d like to thank our civic enforcement officers for their hard work and dedication to help secure the closure orders alongside the local policing team.”
Inspector Matthew Reeves from Stockton Neighborhood Policing Team added: “By utilizing closure orders Stockton neighborhood policing team and the council can address problems with properties by removing the source of the problem.
“We provided information that this property was causing issues and damaging the quality of life for residents. This is a tactic we are committed to using in order to protect the people of Stockton.”
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