TWO Closure Orders have been granted to Solihull Community Housing (SCH) by Birmingham Magistrates Court in response to anti-social behaviour and criminality at properties in Severn Close, Smiths Wood and Keble House, Chelmsley Wood.
Tenant Colin Sutton Dunne, 35, of Severn Close, Smiths Wood, did not attend the hearing on Monday, January 24, which was heard in his absence.
Following two police warrants at Severn Close on September 23, 2021 and November 12, 2021, a large quantity of cannabis, multiple mobile phones and drug paraphernalia associated with drug use and cultivation were seized.
Sutton Dunne admitted the seized items belonged to him.
The warrants were issued after SCH and West Midlands Police received numerous reports of anti-social behaviour.
These included intimidating behaviour, verbal abuse, smell of cannabis coming from the property, late night visitors causing a disturbance, suspected drug dealing, noise nuisance and leaving a dog unsupervised and free to roam in communal areas.
In a separate case, tenant Lewis Davies, 25, of Keble House, Chelmsley Wood, also attended a hearing on January 24 and did not contest a Closure Order.
Following two police warrants at Keble House on May 17, 2021 and November 17, 2021, several bags of cannabis and white powder were found and seized along with a baton, CS spray, a large knife and other drug paraphernalia.
SCH runs Solihull Council’s housing service and Councillor Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council and cabinet member for partnerships and well-being, said: “Our law abiding tenants deserve to live safely in the community without having to put up with criminal and anti-social behaviour in their area.
“I would urge any tenants who think that criminal and anti-social behaviour is taking place in their area to contact SCH or the Police.”
To make a complaint about anti-social or criminal behaviour in SCH properties call 0121 717 1500.