Police in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge

Police have said this week that a Closure Order has been issued on a property in Highbridge in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The possession order had been sought by the Police through the County Court for a home in Parsons Road, Highbridge.

It comes as Police tackle anti-social behaviour as part of a continuing operation in Highbridge that has led to four ‘nuisance properties’ dealt with over nine months.

Officers obtained closure orders from magistrates for two homes last year, in June and July 2019, after residents reported anti-social behaviour linked to drug crime.

And the team also worked with a private landlord to tackle similar concerns at a third property in December 2019. All three addresses now have new tenants and officers say they are no longer getting reports of anti-social behaviour.

Neighbourhood Inspector Joe Piscina, pictured, said this week: “This sort of action really is a last resort.”

“The team works hard to tackle this sort of issue by engaging with the individuals involved, using Acceptable Behaviour Orders and other tactics.”

“Officers will also put people in touch with support services and offer safeguarding if people are vulnerable and being taken advantage of.”

“However, we will not hesitate to work with our partners to make sure communities do not have to endure the misery of this sort of drug-related ASB.”


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