Police bring closure order on former pub after rave in Bedford

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Police have be granted a three-month closure order on the empty building, formerly the Phoenix Public House in St John’s Street, Bedford.

The move follows a rave event on Saturday, December 13 which was closed down by police under the New Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014.

This had been organised by squatters who had recently taken over the empty building.

Bedfordshire Police Licensing Department attended Luton Magistrates Court on 16 December where they successfully obtained a three month closure order on the premises.

Sergeant Craig Gurr said: “The Closure Order has the effect of removing those squatting at the location and who could have potentially caused further anti-social behaviour effecting local residents over the Christmas period and beyond. We feel it sends out a strong message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”