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Orbit South receives a successful closure in Sutton

A flat which became a magnet for drugs use and anti-social behaviour has been closed down for three months following joint action by the Met Police in Sutton and local housing association, Orbit South.

The full closure notice - the first of its kind in the borough under new legislation - was issued on the third floor flat at Pamir Court, Worcester Road, Sutton on Friday, 26 June.

The notice, which was obtained from Wimbledon Magistrates', bans the tenant - a 41-year-old woman - and anyone else from staying or living in the flat until Friday, 25 September.

The flat has been secured with a heavy duty metal sheet which blocks entry to the front door.

The action follows a number of complaints from residents about drug use and anti-social behaviour at the address. Residents' concerns included loud parties, noisy comings and goings at all times of the day and night with shouting and doors banging in the communal corridors and stairwells.

The closure notice was issued under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act, which became effective in the Autumn of 2014. The new legislation provides police with a quicker and simpler means to close premises in response to anti-social behaviour.

The police enquiries that led to the closure of the address were led by officers from Sutton South Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

One resident provided local PC Mark Towler with a full statement whilst other residents had told Orbit South how the nuisance was causing them alarm and distress and ruining their quality of life.

Sutton South Sergeant Paul Cole said police had been called to the address on a number of occasions and had dealt with each incident as and when it arose. However, problems had got increasingly worse over recent months and the new legislation provided police with increased powers to tackle the issue.

"The message to residents is that we want you to tell us about any anti-social behaviour. You do not have to put up with it or suffer in silence. This closure notice shows that we can and will take decisive action to put a stop to any anti-social behaviour," said Sgt Cole.

David Wright, Housing Officer at Orbit South said : "Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable and has a negative impact on neighbours and the general community. Orbit does not tolerate it and takes reported incidents seriously. We recognise that the varied nature of anti-social behaviour requires different approaches, depending on the specific circumstances of each case. Therefore, we are committed to tailor our approach to the needs of the local community and to the individuals affected.

"Orbit South is committed to working with our customers, partners and local neighbourhoods to create sustainable communities where families can enjoy a quality of life free from anti-social behaviour. We encourage residents to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour. In all cases of criminal behaviour, we encourage customers to also report these matters directly to the police."