Northampton address issued with closure order following persistent disorder
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An address in Northampton has been issued with a closure order following persistent disorder and anti-social behaviour reported by the local residents in the area.
The property in Brunswick Walk has often been the subject of reports to police from the local community as it had become a hub for suspected drug dealing with people in and out of it at all hours of the day and night. This was causing persistent disorder and anti-social behaviour that was negatively affecting the area as a whole.
The occupant was also suspected of being cuckooed – a practice where drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for their illegal activity.
Neighbourhood officers in the area have therefore worked hard over the past couple of months to collate all the reports and community intelligence in order to get a closure order granted by Northampton Magistrates’ Court.
This now means that only the occupant is allowed in the property with anyone else being found inside at risk of police enforcement.
Neighbourhood Policing Inspector - Beth Warren, said: “This address was a hotbed of anti-social behaviour and this was negatively affecting the local community who deserve to enjoy living in their homes and their local area.
“That’s why we had to take action because as a Force, we will just not accept this kind of behaviour.
“As a neighbourhood policing team, our priority is to listen to the communities we serve and I hope this case shows that we are dedicated to doing that and to making the places we police nicer places for all.
“If you suspect drug dealing or witness any other suspicious behaviour in your local area, please report it to Northamptonshire Police. On the surface, it may seem like nothing is being done, but every report allows us to build up a bigger picture of what is happening in a particular area so that we can move forward and create a plan to tackle it.”