Order to close the Saciston house which has tormented the community

THE violence and anti-social behavior at this County Durham home left frightened neighbors feeling like prisoners in their own homes.

Residents of Fynway, Sacriston, have made numerous reports to police, Durham County Council and Karbon Homes about violence and serious anti-social behavior in the home, including flows of visitors using the property to any time of day.

The tenant’s behavior made the residents so anxious, intimidated and fearful that they sometimes felt unable to leave their homes.

In an effort to put an end to the problem, Sergeant Kay Howarth, of the Sacriston Neighborhood Team, alongside Karbon Homes and County Durham Council, obtained and issued a Closure Order, which allows the police to stipulate who can gain access to the property.

The order was placed until midnight March 9, 2022.

Anyone found to violate the order can be arrested, fined or jailed for up to 51 weeks.

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Neighborhood Inspector Lee Morris said: “No one should have to live in fear for their own safety because of the reckless actions of an individual who intends to cause serious damage to their community – this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“People have a right to live peacefully in their own homes and I hope the residents of Fynway now feel they can.

“The teams worked tirelessly to secure this order and I hope it provides some well-deserved relief to the residents of this once quiet street.

“The officers will take strong action against anyone found to be in violation of this order. ”

Laurie Edmondson, Community Safety Manager at Karbon Homes, said: “We work hard to help all of our guests keep their rentals with us, but persistent anti-social behavior, which negatively impacts the lives of other residents, will be taken very seriously.

“We are committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe, combating anti-social behavior and working in partnership with Durham Police, and this shutdown order means we will not tolerate this type of behavior in our communities.”

Owen Cleugh, Durham County Council Public Protection Officer, said: “This closure order will help ease the minds of residents who have been affected by this case of anti-social behavior.

“We worked hard with our partners to secure this order and ensure that any incident is dealt with quickly and that the neighbors can live without further worry.”

The closure order was granted for a period of three months, which can be extended if necessary.

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