Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Anti-Social' House Closed Down by Cops

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Anti-Social' House Closed Down by Cops

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter

ANOTHER Teesside house has been "closed down" by Cleveland Police due to anti-social behaviour.

The force had applied for a closure order for number 20 Falkland Street, in Gresham, Middlesbrough, after police and Middlesbrough Council received reports of noise nuisance, general anti-social behaviour and alleged drug dealing at the property.

Magistrates granted the order to stop anyone, including the two tenants who lived there, returning to the property until June 7. But landlord Naveed Durani, who was granted permission by the court to enter with tradesmen to renovate the house, said he believed the decision was "unfair".

He said: "I was contacted by Middlesbrough Council in June last year, who said there had been reports of anti-social behaviour at the house.

"I asked for proof, but I went and spoke to the tenants who assured me it would not happen again. Then March this year is the next I hear about it. I get another call and these proceedings are brought against the property.

"It will mean that I cannot rent it out until June now. With the lost rent and fixing up the property, I will lose out on about PS4,000."

Mr Durani, who owns and works at Morgan's bakery on nearby Parliament Road which overlooks the property, as well as Khan's Indian restaurant on Borough Road, said he was well-known in the area and had never been told by police, councillors or street wardens about any other anti-social behaviour.

"Everyone in that area knows me, and nobody ever came to me. I thought it was over after I had spoken to the tenants in June last year," continued Mr Durani.

"I had already told the tenants to move out and they are gone, they are not coming back.

"That should have been enough, and it would have saved taxpayers' money and the court's time in granting this order. …

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