Life is quieter for residents in one part of Harrow following the closure of a premises that had become a haunt for crime and anti-social behaviour, after a tenant ignored multiple warnings about the behaviour of their visitors.
The premises on College Road, Harrow, was the subject of complaints reporting drunkenness, drug use and abusive behaviour.
Criminal and anti-social activities by visitors to Pearson Apartments had left residents feeling vulnerable and intimidated.
The Council worked alongside the Metropolitan Police and the housing provider, Hyde Housing, to form a partnership to tackle the issues. The continued reports from residents clearly identified one flat as the focal point of activity.
Following several visits to the property The tenant was warned following several visit to the property about the consequences of allowing visitors to behave in an anti-social manner. Unfortunately, the crime and anti-social behaviour continued, and so action was taken.
Police executed a search warrant at the address last week and officers from the local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team, supported by Harrow Council’s Community Safety Unit, attended Brent Magistrates Court and were successful in obtaining a Closure Order, which runs until the 12 January 2022. The relevant follow up work will be carried out by partner agencies.
Cllr Peymana Assad, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion, Crime and Enforcement, said: “This closure order is down to the hard work of the council’s Community Safety Team, working alongside the Metropolitan Police’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team to provide enough evidence to the court to close this property.
“We will not tolerate crime and anti-social behaviour such as this, which left neighbouring residents feeling vulnerable and intimidated.
“We will always take swift action against those who negatively impact our community.
“We will also continue to take those who make residents feel unsafe to court. I am sure we can all feel safer after this decisive action that we’ve taken alongside the police.”
Residents are asked to report all incidents of anti-social behaviour to the Police via the non-emergency 101 number and any incidents of crime via the emergency 999 number.
Source: Harrow Council