Tackling anti-social behaviour hot spot

A nuisance property in Grangetown has been shut down for causing persistent problems in the local community.

Cardiff CouncilandSouth Wales Police worked together tosuccessfully obtained a closure order for the premises on Thomas Street, which has been a hot spot fordrug-related anti-social-behaviour and prostitution.

Following numerous reports of suspicious activity at the address, investigations carried out by the council's Anti-Social Behaviour teamand local neighbourhood officersproduced sufficient evidence to obtain the order.

A Closure Notice was issued last month before a three-month closure order was confirmed by Cardiff Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, November 7.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "I'm very pleased that we have been able to take positive action in this matter. A closure order is our last resort but it will put a stop to the activity in this property that was seriously affecting the quality of life of the residents living in homes nearby.

"The order also sends out a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in any of our properties and the Council will take action to do all that we can to ensure our communities are safe places to live."

Sergeant Sara Robinson, from Cardiff Bay Police Station, said: "The behaviour of the tenant and his associates greatly impacted on the lives of people in Thomas Street, for some it led to an atmosphere of intimidation, fear and despair.

"We hope this closure notice will make residents feel safer in their own community and improve their quality of life.

"We would also like to thank those living in Thomas Street for their support and understanding while this action was being taken."

Please report incidents of anti-social behaviour, and information concerning the use or supply of illegal drugs, to South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555111.