Properties in Fallowfield and Wythenshawe have been closed down following Magistrates Court Orders after large gatherings during lockdown were reported to the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team.
A Closure Order was issued against a student property on Brailsford Road, Fallowfield on Friday 5 March 2021 following several complaints to the Council and Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
A £10,000 fine was previously issued against the main occupier of the property who held a party on 26 February this year where an estimated 40 people were present.
At the same party, 32 separate Fixed Penalty Notices were issued to attendees after GMP attended with around 10 officers responding to four calls made that night from local residents complaining about the party.
The occupant of the property had also previously been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice due to covid breaches. GMP have received 10 calls due to complaints around house parties at the property since October 2020 - and they had attended the address on two previous occasions.
The Council’s ASBAT sent a warning letter to the occupants of the property first on 16 October 2020 and attended the property on 4 December 2020 to issue a second warning letter.
A Premises Closure Notice was issued at the property on 3 March 2021. The landlord of the property has been engaged with throughout the closure order process.
The Closure Order will last for three months until 5 June and no one can enter the property except for the owner of the property, two tenants, emergency services and appropriate contractors.
A breach of a Premises Closure order is a criminal offence which could lead to imprisonment for up to six months or an unlimited fine – or both.
A closure order for a property on Fairway Avenue in Brooklands was also obtained from the Magistrates Court. The property has been rented out on short term lettings since the owner moved out.
Since December, GMP have received several reports of large gatherings at the property that have caused significant disruption in the community with loud music and anti-social behaviour.
On 27 February, GMP received numerous reports from residents of a gathering at the address with around 60 people present, loud music, rowdy behaviour and fighting, and reports that a firearm was discharged.
The property will be subject to the Closure Order until 4 June 2021 and no one can enter the property except for the owner of the property, emergency services and appropriate contractors.
In both cases, the Council was granted court costs against the owners of each property.
Cllr Nigel Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “These two cases highlight the unbelievable disregard a small minority have for the Covid-19 regulations, which are in place to save lives. Their behaviour is nothing short of selfish at a time where our NHS and emergency services are putting themselves at risk to keep us safe.
“The Council will continue to work closely with GMP and other community safety partners to crack down on this sort of behaviour, and we will not hesitate in using the full extent of our powers to tackle people who are content in putting lives at risk. I hope these cases act as a warning to others who flout the rules.
“However, thankfully these selfish acts are in the minority and I’d like to thank the large majority who are diligently following the rules so we can beat the virus and get back to normal life as soon as possible.”