‘Gang hub’ closed in bid to tackle anti-social behaviour

Police appeal
Police appeal

A property has been boarded up after it was linked to repeated incidents of drug taking, anti-social and criminal behaviour in the area.

Merseyside Police obtained the order for 18 Ewart Road after being repeatedly called out to the property which they say appeared to have become a “hub for a local gang”.

The property has been boarded up and will remain subject to the order for three months until at 10.30am on August 19. During this time, only Helena partnerships staff will have access to the premises.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Brennan, said: “We can confirm that a full closure order has been put in place at an address on Ewart Road.

“The order was applied for by the local neighbourhood policing team in rapid response to repeated incidents of anti-social and criminal behaviour brought to our attention by members of the public.

“The complaints received included incidents of anti-social behaviour, intimidation and drug taking linked to the address and people calling there.

“The order was approved in Liverpool Magistrates Court and means that the occupants are removed and nobody can enter the premises for three months. Anyone, other than those specified in the order, found to be on the premises will be subject to arrest.

“We used this power in an effort to reduce the level of crime reported in the area and to allow the local residents of St Helens to enjoy the quality of life that they are entitled to.

“The order will run for three months and will be reviewed by officers at its conclusion.

“The property was associated with anti-social behaviour in the area and appeared to have become a hub for local gangs in the area. We will continue to target offenders and any properties associated with them who continue to cause problems for the community, and we will do this using all lawful powers available to us in order to make St Helens a safer and more peaceful place to live.

“This closure order was only made possible due to the assistance of the local community and we will continue to be robust in tackling criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. I would encourage any members of the community who have any information to call us via our 101 number or through Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”