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Officers from Staffordshire Police close problem property in Blurton

Officers have successfully closed a problem property in Blurton which had been linked to anti-social behaviour.

Cannock Magistrates Court ordered that the flat on Ripon Road close from Friday (14th January) to 13th April 2022.

It has since been securely boarded-up.

The closure order was granted as a result of evidence submitted by officers, from Stoke-on-Trent South Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), which showed the address was being used by those conducting anti-social behaviour and associated criminality.

Inspector Scott McGrath, of Stoke-on-Trent South NPT, said: “A property closure order is one of the many tools used by local officers to deal with problem addresses and tenants, who are having a detrimental impact on the community.

“I hope that this successful application gives confidence to local residents that we will listen and act upon their concerns to deal with those that cause us the most issues.

“This closure is a positive start to our neighbourhood policing week of action, which involves increased visibility patrols, proactive crime prevention activity and community engagement events.”

To speak to local officers in Stoke-on-Trent, as part of a community engagement event, on Thursday (20 January) from 6pm to 8pm, or to submit your questions in advance, visit: Stoke On Trent Chat (sli.do)

If you have been affected by anti-social behaviour in your area, contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or call 999 in an emergency.

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