Joy for neighbours as problem house closed

PC Michelle Thorne and PC John Fisher with a closure order for 1 Harold Street
PC Michelle Thorne and PC John Fisher with a closure order for 1 Harold Street

A woman has been evicted from her Burnley home, which must remain closed for three months, after police secured a closure order because of repeated anti-social behaviour.

Michelle Ferguson (44) was ordered to move out of 1 Harold Street in the Trinity area by Burnley magistrates who issued the order after an application from the police and Burnley Borough Council.

Trinity community beat manager PC John Fisher said: “We acted after a number of complaints from residents and nearby businesses of alleged drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

“We identified this house which Michelle Ferguson was allowing to be used for drug dealing and other behaviour which was creating a nuisance.

“Despite several warnings and meetings with the landlord, the anti-social behaviour continued and we had no choice but to apply for a closure order.

“Trinity neighbourhood policing team will continue to take action against residents in the area who create problems for others and we will continue to work with the council and residents to this end.”

The house is boarded up and it is illegal to enter the property. The closure order was made under Section 80 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.