THE violence and antisocial behaviour at this County Durham house left scared neighbours feeling like prisoners in their own homes.

Residents of Fynway, Sacriston, have made numerous reports to police, Durham County Council, and Karbon Homes, about violence and severe anti-social behaviour at the house, including streams of visitors using the property at all hours of the day.

The tenant's behaviour caused residents to become so anxious, intimidated and fearful that they sometimes felt unable to leave their own homes.

In a bid to put a stop to the issue, Sergeant Kay Howarth, from Sacriston Neighbourhood Team, alongside Karbon Homes and Durham County Council, secured and issued a Closure Order, which allows police to stipulate who can access the property.

The order has been put in place until midnight on March 9, 2022.

Anybody found in breach of the order can be arrested, fined or imprisoned for up to 51 weeks.

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Neighbourhood Inspector Lee Morris said: “Nobody should have to live in fear of their own safety because of the reckless actions of an individual who is intent on causing serious harm within their community - this is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“People have the right to live peacefully in their own homes and I hope the residents of Fynway now feel they can do this.

“The teams have worked tirelessly to secure this order and I hope it offers some well-deserved relief to the residents of this formerly quiet street.

“Officers will take robust action against anybody found to be in breach of this order.”

Laurie Edmondson, Community Safety Manager at Karbon Homes, said: “We work hard to help all our customers retain their tenancies with us, however persistent anti-social behaviour, which negatively impacts the lives of other residents, will be taken very seriously.

“We’re committed to keeping our neighbourhoods safe, by tackling anti-social behaviour and working in partnership with Durham Police, and this closure order signifies that we will not tolerate this type of behaviours in our communities.”

Owen Cleugh, Durham County Council’s public protection manager, said: “This Closure Order will help bring peace of mind to the residents who have been impacted by this case of anti-social behaviour.

“We have been working hard with partners to secure this order and ensure that any incidents are quickly dealt with and that neighbours can live without further concern.”

The closure order has been granted for a period of three months, which can be extended if deemed necessary.


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