Terraced house ‘shut down’ by court following repeated Covid-19 breaches

A terraced house has been closed following reports of repeated breaches of coronavirus restrictions.

Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court issued a three-month closure order on the property on Carlton Street in Farnworth, Bolton, following complaints from residents about breaches of Covid-19 regulations and anti-social behaviour at the property between July and October.

The order, which was made on November 9, prohibits anyone going inside, according to a joint statement from Greater Manchester Police and Bolton.

The order follows multiple reports of anti-social behaviour and breaches of Covid-19 regulations at the property between July and October 2020.

Notes confirming the closure order have been posted on the front of the terraced house, which has been boarded up.

(Image: Vincent Cole Manchester Evening News)

Chief Inspector Nicola Williams said: “No one should feel at risk or unsafe in their own neighbourhood and I hope this result provides some relief to the local community, who we know have suffered immensely over the past couple of months.

“Enforcement is always a last resort; however, anti-social behaviour can cause a significant strain on both communities and police resources.

Carlton Street, Farnworth
(Image: Vincent Cole Manchester Evening News)

“GMP, alongside partners such as Bolton Council, is dedicated to tackling this sort of behaviour and we are committed to ensuring communities are kept safe and harmonious.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind the public that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, and whilst we recognise the strain and impact this can have on our lives, it’s important that we all play our part and follow the rules and regulations in place.”

Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for community safety, Coun Nadim Muslim, added: “Nuisance neighbours can have a detrimental effect on their neighbours’ quality of life and well-being.

“I really hope residents in this area will feel a little safer and happier in their homes as a result of this court order.

“People reporting anti-social behaviour issues to us or our partners Greater Manchester Police should know that their concerns will be heard.

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“Together, we are committed to tackling antisocial behaviour and we will use all the powers available to protect our communities and improve the lives of people in neighbourhoods across Bolton.”