Between late January and mid-June 2021, we were called to a property in Brook Road on 23 separate occasions.
The calls primarily related to members of the public being verbally abused and threatened by the occupant of the address, with reports of excess noise, drug dealing and criminal damage also being received.
Due to the persistent issues, and the detrimental impact it was having on the wider community, our Swale Community Safety Unit submitted a request for a Closure Order to Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 29 July 2021.
The application was successful, and it is now an offence for anyone, other than the landlord or a contracted worker, to attend the premises at any point between now and 30 October.
Anyone found in breach of the order risks arrest and proportionate enforcement action.
Inspector Joel Mitchell, from our Swale Community Safety Unit, said: ‘The occupant living at this address has shown herself to be a persistent nuisance and we could not allow such behaviour to go unchallenged.
‘We worked closely with our partners, including Swale Borough Council, in our attempts to encourage her to change her conduct but she continually showed no willingness to display the most basic levels of courtesy and respect to those around her.
‘The decision to apply for this Closure Order was not taken lightly, but it is an entirely appropriate outcome that I am confident will improve life for everyone else in the neighbourhood.
‘No one should ever tolerate anti-social behaviour and, as this result shows, we will always use the full remit of our powers to ensure robust, but proportionate, action is taken.