Published: Thursday, 20th December 2018

A man has been banned from a Council property in Woolwich for an additional three months after breaking his tenancy contract through extreme anti-social behaviour. 

On 20 December Bexley Magistrates Court extended by three months a Premises Closure Order preventing further drug-related and criminal activities taking place in and around the Lord Warwick Street household by prohibiting its former occupant and anyone else from entering, after an original three-month order was made in late September.

The banned tenant, aged in his sixties, had refused to engage with any support services, including temporary accommodation, that were offered to him and the extension has been made while the Council seeks a court order for eviction so that neighbours can have long-term peace and security. 

He has been at the centre of drug dealing, assaults, offensive graffiti and various forms of intimidating and threatening behaviour towards local residents, who have since thanked the Council for listening to their complaints and taking action.

He was also found to be in possession of a knife and was prosecuted by the police for the possession of a bladed weapon.

Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Integrated Enforcement, said: "I would like to thank officers who assisted colleagues from the Police on this case, and to all of those who work tirelessly throughout the year.

"Anti-social behaviour is not acceptable under any circumstance and we continue to work to ensure a safe environment for all residents."

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