Shady Grove Café in St Paul's shut down for good
By matt_2009 | Monday, December 17, 2012, 08:58
Illegal drinking venue The Shady Grove Café in St Pauls was finally closed permanently to members of the public. This was after years of complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour and violence associated with the property.
The police Anti-Social Behaviour team went before Bristol Magistrates Courts using never before used legislation to get the property closed to the public for good.
In addition, police were granted a three-month closure order which enables them to board up the property immediately. After this period the owners will be able to enter but members of the public will be banned from the property indefinitely, putting a stop to the property being used as an unlicensed drinking venue ever again.
Local residents had regularly complained of late night noise (often through the night until 6 or 7am), violence and other anti-social behaviour and there were also allegations of drug dealing at the property.
Alex Quayle, Senior Police ASB Coordinator said: "There have been numerous incidents of violence and anti-social behaviour connected to this property and this activity was understandably making the lives of neighbours completely miserable."
"We are delighted with the court's decision today (Friday 14 December) to close this venue to the public indefinitely. This will mean that long-suffering neighbours will finally get a permanent resolution to the problems they have been facing for so many years."
Police and the council went immediately to the property after the hearing and sealed it up using Citex. No one will be allowed to enter the property for the next three months.
Alex said: "We wouldn't have been able to gain this closure without the continued help and support of the local community. We want to thank them for their patience over the years and hope that this result will give confidence to anyone who is suffering with ASB at the hands of their neighbours. We can do something to stop it if we work together."
Anyone who is having a problem with ASB in their area should contact the police ASB team on 101.