Haverhill: Court shuts house in Strasbourg Square after brawls, parties, noise and solvent abuse

A HOUSE in west Suffolk has been closed for three months after complaints about brawls, underage drinking, noise, parties and solvent abuse.

The home in Strasbourg Square, Haverhill, was permanently shut for the next three months by a ruling under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court yesterday.

Sgt Sarah Bartley of the Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We have received a large volume of complaints about disturbances, noise and nuisance coming from this address.

“A severe demand has been put on Haverhill officers attending all these calls which usually have required an emergency response.

“Examples of calls we have had are large fights, reports of underage drinking, noise and parties and solvent abuse.”


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Suffolk police applied for the ruling, which bans anyone from entering or remaining at the house, after persistent problems at the home over the past 11 months.

Officers in Haverhill have received 18 complaints about noise and disturbance from the property in the past three months and a total of 20 since June last year.

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Sgt Bartley said: “No one should have to put up with such behaviour where they live.”

A temporary closure notice was served at the house on Sunday, April 3 and a full closure order was granted yesterday.

A 28-year-old man from Haverhill was arrested on suspicion of possession of amphetamines on Thursday, March 10 and received a caution.

Karen Mayhew, chief executive of Havebury Housing partnership which owns the property, said: “Havebury will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and will always respond robustly to any reports we receive and work closely with Suffolk Police where appropriate. “We will support legal action to protect our residents from the inconsiderate behaviour of a minority and hope that this case will act as a warning to others that this type of behaviour is not acceptable.”

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