Flat closed after months of anti-social behaviour

Published: 23 April 2019

A resident has been banned from a flat for three months because of anti-social behaviour including violence, drug taking and prostitution.

Police had been called to the flat at least once a month since June last year culminating in a woman being stabbed in the face on Christmas Day 2018 and a man dying in the flat from a suspected drug overdose in February.

Neighbours had been living in fear of Danielle Daley, 36, who lived there with her partner Rudyard Hansell, 63, because of noise, drug use, aggressive behaviour when they were challenged, and attempts to steal mail posted through neighbours’ letterboxes.

Children were also found playing with used heroin needles dropped from the balcony from the second floor flat of Foundry Court, Mill Street, in central Slough, into a communal area below.

Noise from the flat, including loud sex, kept neighbours awake with one family having to meet with their school’s head teacher because their child’s education was being affected by the lack of sleep.

Berkshire Magistrates granted a Closure Notice under Section 76 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act after an application by Slough Borough Council. The notice prohibits anyone accessing the one bedroom flat owned by A2 Dominion Housing Association South Limited for three months. Anyone entering the premises in contravention of the notice may be committing an offence.

Ian Blake, neighbourhood manager, resilience and enforcement, applied to the court for the closure which was granted on 16 April and executed the next day.

He said residents in the block felt unsafe due to the communal door to the flats being repeatedly damaged by Miss Daley and her visitors and after support from Thames Valley Police and the housing association, Slough Borough Council decided action was needed.

He said: “One witness said there have been problems ever since Danielle Daley moved in in 2016, with noise caused by visitors shouting up to her to get let in, people visiting the address all hours of day and night, as well as smoking drugs.

“Visitors to the flat were described as aggressive and confrontational, pushing past residents to get through the communal door, and when challenged about wedging the communal door open leaving it insecure and vulnerable.

“Danielle Daley was seen in the communal area with others who appeared to be drug dealers, with a crack pipe in her hand, and also an associate of hers trying to break into the letter box of another flat immediately after a parcel had been delivered.

“None of the children play in the communal gardens as there was drug and alcohol paraphernalia in and around the block.

“All this behaviour has caused residents to feel fear and intimidated, suffer from a lack of sleep due to drug dealers shouting up to Danielle Daley in the night, kicking the communal door and smashing glass.”

He said another neighbour described an overpowering smell of cannabis invading their home which caused them to suffer migraines and the lift smelled of urine from the flat visitors using it as a toilet.

Thames Valley Police supported the closure application as officers had been called out 12 times in 10 months which was considered a high volume to one address. Officers had found heroin paraphernalia, prostitutes and visitors who all had a history of theft and drug offending at the property.

The two most serious incidents recorded were on Christmas Day, 2018, when a man was arrested for causing grievous bodily harm with intent after attacking a woman drug user with a chair leg, causing puncture wounds around her eye, and a man, 36, was found dead in the flat due to a drug overdose on February 16, this year.