Closure Orders for problem houses in Belper

Two properties on Maple Drive in Belper were closed down on 8th September 2016 for a period of 3 months after Derby Magistrates granted Closure Orders to Amber Valley Borough Council.

The Court was satisfied that the occupiers of the address had engaged in disorderly, offensive, criminal and nuisance behavior to members of the public and that the orders were necessary to prevent the ongoing occurrence of this behavior.

The Court heard that the Dudley brothers (James and Mark) who lived next-door-but-one to each other on Maple Drive, made the lives of the residents, on the street and in the locality, a misery. Neighbours were subjected to overt Class A drug dealing and drug taking, intimidating behavior, violent behavior, noise and a significant increase in crime in the area including garden thefts and burglary.

The Council, working in partnership with Derbyshire Constabulary, applied for Closure Orders on the property after attempts were made to stop the issues. Three drug warrants were executed, however drug dealing and other associated behaviours soon resumed. The Housing Association, Future Homescape Limited, will now take back possession of the two properties.

Neighbours lived in constant fear of violence against their property or person. It is hoped that now the properties have been closed, the local community can return to normal.

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