Judge grants closure order
District Judge Lomax has granted the closure of 4 Lancaster
Close, Newton le Willows under anti-social behaviour
The Closure Order was granted following three months of intense
noise nuisance, parties and large groups of visitors to the
property occupied by Daniel Helsby. The court heard of
persistent nuisance and anti-social behaviour for local residents
during the case held at St. Helens Magistrates Court on August
Helsby ignored numerous warnings from Helena Partnerships, St
Helens Council and Merseyside Police about his behaviour and told
of the consequences which would follow.
Council Safer Communities staff worked in partnership with
Helena Partnerships and Merseyside Police to progress the Closure
Order quickly to stop the residents from suffering further
Nine local residents came forward and gave evidence at the
hearing - after their lives had been turned upside down by Helsby
and his visitors over a short period of time.
Says Councillor Sue Murphy, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods,
Safer Communities and Youth: "It is encouraging to see that
such strong ties exist within areas and that groups of residents
are prepared to tackle the problem head on and support one another
through very stressful times."
Joy Wilson Manager of Helena Partnerships' Anti-nuisance team
says "Helena Partnerships will not tolerate anti-social behaviour
caused by our tenants and this is a great example of how working in
partnership really works to protect our communities."
Under the Closure Order, the property will remain closed for a
period of three months. Any person who enters or remains on
the premises is liable to a fine or imprisonment or both.