HAIRDRESSERS USED AS NIGHT CLUB SHUT BY COUNCIL
Croydon council have obtained a three-month closure order that will save local residents from the misery of regular late-night parties that were being held at a South Norwood hair and beauty salon.
Council officers found a bank of 17 large speakers were stacked along the rear wall and these were accompanied by professional DJ decks and equipment. There was also a bar set up in the corner.
Croydon magistrates granted the three-month order following a council investigation that catalogued several months of extreme nuisance and anti-social behaviour originating from the premises.
This included weekly all-night parties with music blasting throughout the local neighbourhood, disturbing local residents and disrupting sleep.
The man who leased the property at High Street, South Norwood requested an adjournment when the case was taken before the court.
The request was denied and the matter was heard as planned, with magistrates hearing how almost every weekend there would be between 100 and 200 guests at the unit from 11pm – 7am.
Local residents would then have to endure disturbance throughout the night, including the nuisance of the partygoers leaving the premises in the morning.
Following the hearing the council’s anti-social behaviour team and the police attended the property to ensure it was properly secured. But further police had to be called after some 25-30 individuals tried to gain access to the unit.
Once the situation had been managed and the crowd controlled officers quickly found that the shop was being used predominantly as a nightclub.
A bank of 17 large speakers were stacked along the rear wall and these were accompanied by professional DJ decks and equipment. There was also a bar set up in the corner.
Cllr David Wood, Croydon’s deputy cabinet member for communities, safety, and justice, said: “The three-month closure of this premises will bring much needed respite to the local community.
“This unlicensed use of the property had to be stopped and I’m pleased our team took the necessary steps to ensure peace can now be brought back to the area.” (Source: Croydon council press release)
THREE-MONTH CLOSURE ORDER ON PENSIONERS FLAT
Residents and staff at a private retirement development have been saved from the anti-social behaviour of one flat owner thanks to the council obtaining a closure order.
The order, issued at Camberwell magistrates, means the flat, at Sovereign Court on Warham Road, South Croydon will now be locked for three months.
Legal action was taken after the council’s anti-social behaviour team were approached for help by FirstPort Retirement Property Services Ltd., the firm which manages the flats.
The company had exhausted all other avenues, and needed assistance dealing with the 69-year-old occupant of the flat at the centre of the case.
The man was found to have been verbally abusive to both other residents and staff on many occasions. He had also put lives at risk by starting fires on the flat roof of his flat.
He was accused of assaulting care workers, setting off alarms on a daily basis, causing regular noise nuisance, as well as a variety of other offences which resulted in the police being called at least once a week for several months.
In granting the closure order the court made it clear that the man’s behaviour was not just anti-social, but in the case of lighting fires ‘criminal’.
More information on dealing with anti-social behaviour in Croydon can be found here. (Source: Croydon council press release)
MORE SUCCESS FOR COUNCIL’S DON’T MESS WITH CROYDON CLAMPDOWN
Another 16 people have been prosecuted in the latest court cases brought under the council’s ongoing Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign.
At Croydon magistrates court on three dates – 27 June, 4 July, and 15 August – the 16 cases were broken down into a total of 11 people prosecuted for fly-tipping, one for urinating in public, one for spitting, two for dropping a cigarette on the ground and one for littering. The offenders were ordered to pay a combined total of £6,158.
The prosecutions included a 23-year-old Croydon man ordered to pay a total of £630 for urinating in a car park; a 21-year-old ordered to pay a total of £240 for spitting in Mint Walk and a South Norwood man ordered to pay a total of £190 for littering a cigarette onto the ground in Croydon High Street while another person was ordered to pay a total of £100 for littering a cigarette onto the ground in North End, Croydon.
The council has now successfully prosecuted 167 cases since launching its Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign in summer 2014, which combines getting local people to become community champions with enforcement against the worst offenders.
As well as prosecuting people in court, the council has also signed up more than 300 community champions who lead litter picks.
Cllr Stuart Collins, Croydon’s cabinet member for Clean and Green Croydon, said: “People who casually fly-tip, spit or urinate in the street bring down our borough, and that’s why we’ll continue to prosecute these kinds of offences.
“Our Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride campaign is about getting people to do the right thing, so I hope other would-be offenders will now think twice.”
To report a fly-tip confidentially, please use the My Croydon app, notify the council through My Account, call 0208 604 7000 or [email protected] (Source: Croydon council press release)