Wednesday 21 February 2024
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Notts takeaway closed for three months by police after violence and ASB incidents

A takeaway which became a focal point of violence and antisocial behaviour has now been forced to close for three months.

Grillo’s, in New Cross, Sutton-in-Ashfield, became a focal point for disorder which prompted Nottinghamshire Police and Ashfield District Council to act.

They worked together to serve an initial closure notice on the store and flat above and have now gone a step further to protect the community after securing a closure order.

Police and community protection officers gained evidence of the disorder which led to action being taken.

The order, approved at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday 12 August), comes after a mass brawl broke out at the premises involving people armed with weapons on the afternoon of Saturday 24 July.

One man suffered minor injuries and another was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm.

Officers quickly got the situation under control, arresting ten suspects at the scene on suspicion of affray.

Since that incident police have received further reports of issues linked to the address including antisocial behaviour, criminal damage, threats being made and people shouting in the street.

The closure order prevents the business from operating and will exclude the owner and any other persons from entering the premises which also includes the flat above.

Inspector Mark Dickson, district commander for Ashfield, said: “The closure of this premises will prevent further misery being caused to residents and businesses in the local area. It’s another example of our commitment to targeting those who plague communities through their unacceptable behaviour. No-one should have to put up with that.

“As this case demonstrates we will use the full remit of the law to robustly tackle crime and disorder and prevent further occurrences. I have no doubt the order will have a positive impact on the area and I hope it provides reassurance that we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour.

“I also hope it serves as a warning to others who wrongly think they can get away with making their neighbours’ lives a misery.”

Officers will carry out regular checks of the property over the next three months to ensure the order is not breached.

If anyone is found to have breached it they are liable to be arrested and face up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

Latest statistics show that preventive work undertaken by Nottinghamshire Police has seen offences of violence with injury drop by 25 per cent and knife crime fall by 15 per cent in the year to April 2021.

The sustained reductions have been achieved as officers continue with a raft of proactive initiatives to pursue those who cause communities most harm and prevent offences.