New law enforcement powers have been used to temporarily restrict a Bury woman from entering her property to bring an end to nuisance behaviour associated with her home.

Kelly Ramshaw, of Warwick Close, remains a tenant of her property but is forbidden to enter her home for a period of 3 months after it was subject to a Closure Order made at Bury Magistrates Court on Thursday 9 April by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Six Town Housing (STH).

The type of nuisance behaviour described to GMP and STH included drug dealing and misuse of drugs in and around the property, prostitution, noise nuisance, fighting and criminal damage. In addition, there were reports of numerous rowdy visitors congregating at the defendant’s home.

Appropriate warnings were issued to the defendant by GMP and Six Town Housing but behaviour associated with the address failed to improve. In late January, a consultation meeting took place between GMP & STH at which it was jointly agreed that a Closure Order should be applied for. A full hearing took place on April 9th where a 3 month Closure Order was made. Ms Ramshaw must seek her own accommodation during the period.

The Closure Order is the first obtained by STH under the Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Pat Jones-Greenhalgh, Executive Director of Communities & Wellbeing at Bury Council said:

"The Council fully support the action by Six Town Housing in not tolerating anti social behaviour such as this. Whilst regrettable that they needed to take action to prevent Ms Ramshaw from entering her property, it is important that they have taken action to protect local residents who suffer as a result of nuisance neighbours."

John Merrick, Director of Neighbourhoods at STH said:

“We’d like to thank the residents affected for their determination and assistance in achieving this successful outcome. We take reports of anti-social behaviour very seriously and the actions taken will provide them with much deserved respite, with an overall aim of reducing the likelihood of the nuisance behaviour continuing going forward.”

Inspector John Ormerod of the Greater Manchester Police said:

“This is a great result of partnership working between all members of the Bury Joint Engagement team. Greater Manchester Police take all reports of antisocial behaviour seriously and will continue to use this new power to tackle negative behaviour of residents as well as proactively dealing with criminal offences. To report antisocial behaviour call police on 101 or report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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