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Surrey Police threatens to close properties of those continuing to ignore social distancing rules

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Surrey Police threatens to close properties of those continuing to ignore social distancing rules

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:02pm 17th April 2020.

Surrey Police says they will now issue warning letters to residents if they continue to cause anti-social behaviour or ignore the coronavirus social distancing guidelines.

The letters will say that officers will consider the use of Community Protection Notices to enforce the guidelines and stop anti-social behaviour.

If these are breached, the person could receive a fine of up to £2500, get a criminal record and if they are living in rented accommodation, their tenancy could be affected.

Where a property is linked to continuing anti-social behaviour or visited by a non-compliant person, the force said it will be looking at property closures on the building.

Closures could mean that a house or flat is partially closed to allow only the habitual occupiers access.

In the most extreme circumstances, police could exclude everyone from the property, rendering them homeless for at least three months.

Any entry into a closed property is a criminal offence and could result in a maximum of five years imprisonment. Tenancies will also be at risk.

The letters will be issued by the force’s Safer Neighbourhood Teams and will offer access to advice and support as well as consequences if the behaviour does not stop.

Jo Grimshaw from Surrey Police said:

“We hope that people who receive these warnings will do as they are asked, but if necessary we will make full use of the tools and powers available to us to ensure the majority of people are not impacted by the poor behaviour of a few.”