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Police shut down millionaire's 'squalid' property

The property on Wolverhampton Street was converted into bedsits without permission. Photo: BPM Media

Police have shut down a millionaire's property described as 'squalid' after receiving reports of crime involving tenants.

The property on Wolverhampton Street in Dudley, was one of four properties owned by Latif Rehman which had been converted without permission into bedsits.

The 58-year-old made approximately £150,000 a year in rent from his tenants.

Rehman, from Harborne in Birmingham, admitted four charges of breaching council enforcement notices earlier this year and was ordered to pay back over £340,000 at Wolverhampton Crown Court last month, including nearly £280,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

West Midlands Police have now secured a closure against Rehman's property on Wolverhampton Street, following complaints of anti-social behaviour and crime at the address.

The force were previously granted a three-month closure order at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on 12 October, on the grounds of nuisance behaviour.

Sergeant Adam Revell, from the Dudley neighbourhood team, said:

This is the first time we have pursued an order against such a property in this area.

We received a number of complaints about nuisance coming from the property − which was in a squalid condition - and built up a strong case of evidence to obtain the order.

This will hopefully bring some peace to the community and reassure the public we will take steps to prevent anti-social behaviour.

– Sergeant Adam Revell