Arun District Council says anti-social behaviour ‘won’t be tolerated’

A police officer stands guard at 31, Ash Grove, Bognor Regis on June 5. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
A police officer stands guard at 31, Ash Grove, Bognor Regis on June 5. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

NUISANCE behaviour ‘won’t be tolerated’ was the hard-hitting warning from a caseworker as police boarded up a Bognor Regis home.

In a landmark legal move on Friday (June 5), Sussex Police and Arun District Council received permission from magistrates to enforce a ‘closure notice’ on 31, Ash Grove, Bognor.

Council workers board up the front door of 31, Ash Grove, Bognor Regis

Council workers board up the front door of 31, Ash Grove, Bognor Regis

Chichester magistrates granted the notice this afternoon after police and the council said offensive behaviour associated with the home had a ‘big impact’ on lives of nearby residents.

Speaking from the scene this evening, Jenny McMann, from Arun District Council, welcomed the magistrates’ decision.

“Arun District Council, in partnership with Sussex Police, applied for a closure order after persistent reports of anti-social behaviour from residents of Ash Grove,” she said.

“The impact of this behaviour has been detrimental to the local community. This is the first time a closure order under new legislation has been carried out in Sussex and we hope this will improve the quality of life for the local community.

Council workers board up the front door of 31, Ash Grove, Bognor Regis. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Council workers board up the front door of 31, Ash Grove, Bognor Regis. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

“Hopefully this reassures victims and sends a message to perpetrators that anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated.”

Locals have also said they are thankful the house has been closed.

See video of the house being boarded up here

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