Life on Stoke-on-Trent street plagued by random shouts, fights and late-night visits

Residents are once again living in peace after a closure order was secured for a trouble-plagued property. Families living on Evans Street in Burslem have been reporting persistent issues with drug use, anti-social behaviour and weapons for the past year.

Now Staffordshire Police have taken legal action to evict the nuisance tenants. Magistrates granted the closure order at the end of May meaning anyone attempting to get inside for the next three months risks being jailed.

The home has also been boarded up with a notice on the door informing residents they will have to find alternative accommodation. Neighbours have now welcomed the action after their lives had become a daily misery.

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One neighbour, who has been living on Evans Street for the past six years, said: “It’s been going on for sometime now and in the last year it has got worse. People were shouting in the street, arguing between themselves, I could even hear it in my house.”

Another resident added: “I’m glad they are gone, people were coming and going at all times of the day and night. Hopefully now there will be a bit of peace."

Staffordshire Police secured the closure order following a hearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. Police have warned they will continue to take action and encourage people to report incidents.

Inspector Victoria Ison, from the Stoke North local policing team, said: “We will continue to take action against those who are the bane of local communities and cause persistent problems across Stoke on Trent. We need people to tell us what they’re concerned about and report instances of anti-social behaviour to make sure we can take the appropriate action and tackle the problems that affect residents and businesses the most.”

Anyone affected by anti-social behaviour call call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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