Closure notice granted against Trowbridge house in crackdown on criminality

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A closure notice has been granted on a house in Trowbridge banning anyone from visiting the address after months of problems with anti-social behaviour and concerns about the welfare of young people associated with the property.

The civil order was granted at Salisbury Magistrates Court earlier this week (Tuesday 20 November 2018) following an application from Wiltshire Council, backed by Wiltshire Police.

The house in Bradley Road has been the source of issues for the police for a number of months with concerns raised about the safeguarding of young people who had been visiting the address.

A 43-year-old woman who lives at the address had previously been issued with a Child Abduction Warning Notice, to try and protect the young people involved and stop her associating with them.

Wiltshire Council’s Emerald Team Service Manager Blair Keltie said: "Following our concerns that the child abduction warning notice was being ignored and vulnerable children were continuing to visit the address and allowed by the home owner to stay overnight, including children reported missing, we felt it was necessary to take robust action with getting the Closure Order.

"This is an example of positive action by the Emerald Team to protect children at risk of sexual and criminal exploitation with providing the police the means to enter a property and safeguard children found there.

"We have a zero tolerance for this sort of behaviour and this action taken by the Emerald Team will be a tangible deterrent for anyone we identify who places children at risk by exposing them to adult drug users, criminality and anti-social behaviour."

Officers have also been called out to the address countless times to deal with reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal activity and when investigating reports of missing children.

The order is now in place for the next three months and bans the two occupants from having any visitors. Anyone found inside the house risks being arrested.

Wiltshire West Community Policing Team Community Co-ordinator PC Charly Chilton said: "The granting of this order is a welcome development in our ongoing investigation into trouble at this address.

"It means that young people who have been frequently visiting the house and being exposed to or participating in criminal behaviour, including drug-taking, underage drinking and criminality, will now be protected.

"We have written to the families of all the young people known to have previously attended the house and explained the implications of this order and the fact that if they are found there by police then they will be arrested.

"We hope this order brings some reassurance for neighbours and the local community that we and Wiltshire Council are taking action to tackle the ongoing problems."

Officers will be carrying out increased patrols to ensure the order is being enforced.

The multi-agency Emerald Team, which includes Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council staff, works to protect children at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and prevent perpetrators from grooming them.

Mr Keltie added: "In this case we will looking at what long-term measures, in addition to the Closure Order, can be put in place to ensure the safeguarding of any young people visiting the address."

Anyone who is concerned about CSE can report this to the police and the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

If you think a child or young person is at risk of significant harm, or is injured, please contact the MASH Team on 0300 456 0108 or, out of hours, 0300 456 0100.

Information about CSE and how to report concerns can be found on
Wiltshire Council's website and Wiltshire Police's website
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Charlotte Chilton (Police, Community Coordinator, Wiltshire West Community Policing Team)

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