Corby drug den shut down... AGAIN

Magistrates agreed that the house should be closed down

Monday, 1st March 2021, 8:50 am
The house in Culross Walk. Image: JPI Media.

A crack den on Corby’s Kingswood estate has been shut down for the second time in a year.

Fed-up locals living in Culross Walk have had to put up with drug dealing, crime, violence and anti-social behaviour around the run-down house.

Now the authorities have acted to shut the house, which has smashed windows boarded from the inside, and stop troublemakers returning during the coming months.

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The house has been a hotspot for anti-social behaviour. Image: JPI Media.

Northampton Magistrates granted the order against occupier Donna Hughes on Thursday (February 25) after an application by Corby Council.

It is the second time within a year that 61 Culross Walk has been the subject of a closure order. It was first closed last February when the same resident was causing similar issues for neighbours. But the legal orders can only last for a maximum of months and the property was soon a target for trouble again.

In December 2018 number 87 Culross Walk was the subject of a similar order.

Although the majority of residents are law-abiding, Culross Walk, along with its neighbouring streets Barnard and Balmoral, has one of the highest crime rates in Corby. A man was stabbed multiple times just last week.

CBC applied to magistrates for the order on Thursday. Image: JPI Media.

Corby Council issued its first closure order in 2018 in nearby Butterwick Walk following months off issues for residents there.

The orders, brought into law at the end of 2014, allow local authorities to close houses where it is believed anti-social behaviour is taking place. Within 48-hours of issuing a temporary notice, the authority has to apply to magistrates for a full closure order.

Orders can ban all people, sometimes with the exception of the legal occupant, to enter the property.

Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Bob Eyles, said: “Corby Borough Council will not tolerate crime or anti-social behaviour in any of our properties and will take the necessary legal actions to ensure that our residents can live in a safe and peaceful community.”