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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

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76Power to issue closure notices
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(1)A police officer of at least the rank of inspector, or the local authority, may issue a closure notice if satisfied on reasonable grounds—

(a)that the use of particular premises has resulted, or (if the notice is not issued) is likely soon to result, in nuisance to members of the public, or

(b)that there has been, or (if the notice is not issued) is likely soon to be, disorder near those premises associated with the use of those premises,

and that the notice is necessary to prevent the nuisance or disorder from continuing, recurring or occurring.

(2)A closure notice is a notice prohibiting access to the premises for a period specified in the notice.

For the maximum period, see section 77.

(3)A closure notice may prohibit access—

(a)by all persons except those specified, or by all persons except those of a specified description;

(b)at all times, or at all times except those specified;

(c)in all circumstances, or in all circumstances except those specified.

(4)A closure notice may not prohibit access by—

(a)people who habitually live on the premises, or

(b)the owner of the premises,

and accordingly they must be specified under subsection (3)(a).

(5)A closure notice must—

(a)identify the premises;

(b)explain the effect of the notice;

(c)state that failure to comply with the notice is an offence;

(d)state that an application will be made under section 80 for a closure order;

(e)specify when and where the application will be heard;

(f)explain the effect of a closure order;

(g)give information about the names of, and means of contacting, persons and organisations in the area that provide advice about housing and legal matters.

(6)A closure notice may be issued only if reasonable efforts have been made to inform—

(a)people who live on the premises (whether habitually or not), and

(b)any person who has control of or responsibility for the premises or who has an interest in them,

that the notice is going to be issued.

(7)Before issuing a closure notice the police officer or local authority must ensure that any body or individual the officer or authority thinks appropriate has been consulted.

(8)The Secretary of State may by regulations specify premises or descriptions of premises in relation to which a closure notice may not be issued.

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