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Court order helps tackle ASB at flats

A court has granted a three-month partial closure of a block of flats in Barton Hill, Bristol.

The order means that the communal areas of Beaufort House are closed to anyone who is not a resident, permitted guest of a resident, authorised by Bristol City Council, an emergency services worker or the property owner.

Communal areas include stairwells, lifts, corridors, communal rooms, laundry rooms, bin rooms, green spaces and car parks.

The order was granted by a district judge sitting at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 5 December. Anyone breaching the order may be arrested.

We worked with Bristol City Council to gain the evidence to apply for the closure order to help to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and crime affecting the people who live in Beaufort House.

ASB Coordinator Kate Matthews said: “This shows our commitment to protecting residents within the tower blocks from ASB. Obtaining this order is a really positive step in helping to make the community a safer place in which to live. We ask residents to continue to work with us by reporting ASB and any breaches of the order.”

More information on reporting ASB