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Police close Wirral house and evict unruly tenant
12:17pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 in News
A HOUSE that has been at the centre of anti-social behaviour problems on a road in Tranmere has been closed by police after complaints from residents.
The house at Kelvin Road was closed on Monday, September 3, for three months after Wirral Magistrates' Court heard activities there had blighted local people's lives.
Neighbourhood police officers worked with residents, Wirral Council's anti-social behaviour team and social landlord Riverside to build up enough evidence to bring an anti-social behaviour closure order.
The granting of the order means that the house was immediately boarded up with the current occupants, a 39-year-old woman and her two teenage children evicted and anyone else forbidden from entering it.
Anyone who does so will commit a criminal offence and will be arrested.
Sergeant John Sacker from Well Lane police station said: "This house has attracted a raft of anti-social behaviour through the occupants and their visitors, which has caused misery to residents, many of whom are elderly and vulnerable.
"Now that the house has been shut down the law abiding residents in Kelvin Road will no longer have to put up with the problems they have suffered.
They have been incredibly patient and supportive while we built up the evidence to get this order so I am delighted for them that their efforts and faith have been rewarded.
"Anti-social behaviour blights peoples' lives and will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police.
"The closure order should serve as a warning to others that the police, our partners, and the communities we serve will not put up with this type of behaviour and we will always use every bit of legislation available to us to tackle the problem."
Councillor George Davies, cabinet member for housing and community safety at Wirral Council, said: "I fully support this tough action to tackle persistent perpetrators of anti-social behaviour.
"Wirral Council's anti-social behaviour team are experts in gathering evidence which may be used to punish those who refuse to show an appreciation of how their behaviour affects others.
"Action like this shows our dedication to protecting all Wirral residents who show consideration for their community."