Council pledge after nuisance neighbour had 17 living in one Tunstall flat

A council has pledged to take action against nuisance neighbours after 18 people were living in one trouble-plagued flat in Stoke-on-Trent.

StokeonTrentLive reported how a closure order had been imposed on the property in Sunnyside Avenue, Tunstall, after the address became a 'hub for anti-social behaviour'. It means anyone other the landlord entering the flat in the next three months will be committing an offence.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire Police had applied for the order after residents raised concerns about what was happening there. Issues included the tenant being 'in the throes of an addiction' with drug deals conducted through a window.

One neighbour claimed the tenant had as many as 17 people in the address. The authority has now confirmed that it will be taking 'stand-alone tenancy enforcement action' with the aim to 'further eradicate the impact that this property has had on the local community'.

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Councillor Majid Khan, cabinet member for community safety and resilience, said: “We know the issues with this property were having a negative impact on the community and we took action. Everybody should be able to feel safe in their local area and we are committed to ensuring that we tackle any type of anti-social behaviour swiftly and successfully with our partners.

“This case is just another example of how we are reclaiming our streets and building a safer, stronger and more confident city for everyone.”

The property has since been boarded up. Sergeant Chris Gifford, from Stoke North local policing team (LPT), said: “This order will be policed rigidly, with anybody not adhering to the mandates of the court being dealt with in accordance with the powers that this closure gives.

“We will continue to take action against those who engage in anti-social behaviour across our towns and cities as proactively as possible with our partners.

“I would encourage anyone experiencing issues with this type of offence to get in touch with us by calling 101 or through the Live Chat facility on our website.”

Any residents who are suffering anti-social behaviour in their area are encouraged to report their concerns to the council by calling 01782 234234 or online at /asb.

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