Police bid to close Upper Brockley Road businesses successful

Yesterday, Lewisham Police and Lewisham Council were successful in their application toBromley Magistrates Court to close three premises on Upper Brockley Road. Supercuts, the Honey Pot and Gold Crest will remain closed for three months.

The result prompted protests on Upper Brockley Road yesterday, with police attending the scene.

A statement from Lewisham Police said:

Following numerous allegations of disorder, nuisance and anti social behaviour to surrounding neighbours and members of the public Using closure powers under part 1A, Section 11A of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 Brockley Safer Neighbourhoods Team and Lewisham Borough Crime Reduction Service applied to have Supercuts, the Honey Pot and Gold Crest closed after numerous repeated incidents recorded including, drug taking, disorder and anti social behaviour.

The activities in relation to these premises go back many years and after several attempts to tackle the problem through open dialogue, visits and intelligence led operations the police and the council had to take a much more robust approach and put long term measures in place in order to tackle the problems associated with the three premises.

Chief Superintendent Jeremy Burton, Borough Commander Lewisham:

"These premises were a magnet for anti-social behaviour and drug taking. Closing them for three months will bring some much needed peace and quiet to the residents of Brockley and the wider communities of Lewisham. We have made use of the legislation available to us in the best possible way to ensure that such behaviour is not ignored and is dealt with effectively." As a result of the three month closure orders being granted, it means it is an offence for anyone to enter the premises without permission. Those that do will face arrest and can be prosecuted."

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

All of which should add to the call to legalise recreationals.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Alby's Place? They have removed the signs.

Anonymous said...

Legalise recreationals after antisocial behaviour, where people use drugs to add to their inhibitions...what a stupid thing to write.

Anonymous said...

Get it right. There were NO demonstrations after the closure orders and the subsequent boarding up.
There were a few on lookers but most if not all of the comments I heard were in full support of the joint police and council action.
Let's hope this ushers in an era of tranquility to a road blighted by the selfish anti social behaviour of a few non residents.
Well done!

Brockley Nick said...

Several witnesses reported large numbers of people and the police outside the shops following the verdict. I don't doubt that the large majority of local residents were pleased with the verdict. That doesn't mean that some weren't unhappy about losing their hang-out.

david said...

There were three or four vanloads of police by the war memorial when I rode past at about 645. Presumably they weren't there because everything was hunky-dory.

Anonymous said...

What's the situation with Nats Bake and Juice? Is that currently closed voluntarily?

Brockley Nick said...

Story on that coming soon.

Anonymous said...

They (the police) were there to help in the boarding up of the three premises. They were there to make sure those that caused the ASB didn't kick off. There was no demo and the overwellming majority support the action.
Well done the police!!

patrick1971 said...

What happens after three months? Back to "normal"?

Anonymous said...

A victory for dog whistlers and Daily Mail readers alike

Ironic said...

Says the anon inventing a motive and sugesting unsubstantiated racism.

Anonymous said...

Yes after three months hopefully it will be back to normal.

Thank goodness said...

Things have been vastly improved since the original closure orders were issued in July, and so I hope this continues beyond the three months the orders remain in place for.

I didn't see any demonstrations either last night - there were 30 police but I got the impression they were there for back-up just in case things kicked off as they put the shutters in place... but it was remarkably quiet. Those who were upset to lose their hangout must have known what was coming, and they were not demonstrating.

By the way, before the racism accusations come, I am mixed race (and I read the Guardian, not the Mail!)

joking! said...

Yeah but the white bit is clearly racist!

;-)

Amistad said...

Joking 20:15

Not funny ;-(

Anonymous said...

Just before the end of the three months the police and council can go back to court and ask for another three months giving six months peace and respite to the residents from the ASB and crime that the three addresses have attracted.
I hope they do this.
Please let the Brockley Safer Neighbourhood Team know of any problems and let them know if things dramatically improve. It's really important for the extension application to show how things have improved since the closures!!
Well done the police!!
:)

kolp said...

Wow these negative local stories involving certain people keep on coming...

Wendy said...

What do you mean Kolp?

Anonymous said...

I have never seen it so quiet on the parade. It is like living somewhere normal. It is perfect. Whether or not the shops needed to be closed down I am not sure , but the people not hanging around drinking , dealing and shouting until the small hours has improved the residents quality of life so so much.

Ex resident said...

This is brilliant news. For far too long has this gone on, it's great that they have finally taken action.

Anonymous said...

there have been new signs taped outside these premises recently - has the 3month shutdown been renewed can anyone confirm?......

Anonymous said...

Yes these three premises have had the closure orders extended until the end of January.
Hopefully the 'businesses' will have folded by then and disappear taking the nasty non residents with them to deal and shout and whoop and holler somewhere else.
Or bring them back and hopefully Sgt Biddle and his team will get rid for another six months until they learn that they aren't wanted around here!
Well done the Police!

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