Erdington ‘party house’ shut down by police after neighbour complaints

A notorious ‘party house’ known for ‘illicit activity’ has been shut down by police. At least 10 telephone complaints were made about groups staying at the Erdington property between January and April this year.

Fed-up neighbours for months endured anti-social behaviour, including music blaring all night long and fireworks being let off in the street. People staying at the address were also suspected of being involved in drug taking.

Police say the former tenant at the Chester Road house was renting out the property to party groups. The tenant was given 10 days to hand back the keys and vacate the property after a temporary closure order was granted on April 21.

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A community protection warning was ignored by the tenant. It led to Erdington cops working with Birmingham City Council to seek a closure order.

Police also worked with neighbours, the housing provider and the owner of the property to resolve the issue. It is hoped a family will now be placed in the home.

Sergeant Rachel Darby of West Midlands Police said: “We applied for the closure order to protect local residents from criminality and anti-social behaviour.

“We have gratefully received help from the community whilst tackling these issues, and the closure order could not have been obtained without their support.

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“I am pleased to know that the tenant has now moved out of the property. The local residents will once again be able to enjoy their neighbourhood.

“We will continue to listen to our communities, work with our partners and the courts to tackle antisocial behaviour when it is reported to us.”

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