Partial closure order on address after Covid breaches

Alert message sent 15/03/2021 17:28:00

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Wiltshire's first ever partial closure order for the breaking of Covid rules at an address in Swindon has been granted today (15/03). 

The order, which will last three months and will prevent anyone from entering the property, other than the occupant and landlord, was approved at Swindon Magistrates Court for an address on Whitehead Street in the town. 

Officers submitted an application for the address following issues between January and March caused by groups of adult males and females illegally gathering at the terraced house during the current lockdown restrictions. 

PC Mike Diffin said: “In a relatively short period of time we have been called to this property on several occasions to deal with anti-social behaviour caused by gatherings of people who did not live at the address. 
"We have also issued a total of 18 Fixed Penalty Notices over three occasions in the past month to individuals, including the tenant, due to parties being held at this property. 
"This continued blatant disregard for the current Covid rules has a major detrimental affect on the local community; it's not only anti-social and illegal but impacts on the quality of life for others in the area.  
"Today's closure order means that anyone found entering the premises during this time period will be committing an offence and may be arrested and the tenant could face a criminal prosecution too.
"It will also allow us to conduct regular checks at the address to ensure the order is being adhered to.”  
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