Stevenage properties closed after complaints of drug dealing

Sergeant Martin May outside one of the closed properties in Watson Road, Stevenage. Picture: Herts p

Sergeant Martin May outside one of the closed properties in Watson Road, Stevenage. Picture: Herts police - Credit: Archant

Two Stevenage properties have been closed after complaints about drug-related crime.

The second closed property in Watson Road, Stevenage. Picture: Herts police

The second closed property in Watson Road, Stevenage. Picture: Herts police - Credit: Archant

Closure orders for a house and a flat in Watson Road were granted under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court after the Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Team, Stevenage Borough Council and the Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association took action.

The closures ban any unauthorised person from entering the premises. If they do, they will be arrested, which may result in jail or a fine of up to £5,000.

The closures follows a police investigation into complaints from residents in the area about drug dealing, drug use and disturbance.

Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant Martin May said: “Prior to securing the closure orders we executed numerous warrants at both properties over a six-month period and made numerous arrests and seizures in relation to drug-related crime.

“We had received a large number of complaints relating to the occupants of these addresses and their associates.

“We sent out more than 50 residents surveys and we have been well supported by the local community in the run up to securing the closure order.

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“By taking this action to fully close these addresses, we hope to provide neighbours with some respite from the on-going issues.

“We take reports like this very seriously and, along with our partner agencies, have worked extremely hard to gather evidence to support the application.

“This is often a long process so I would like to reassure residents that just because action is not taken immediately, please do not think we are not tackling the problem.

“I would continue to urge members of the community to report any anti-social behaviour of this nature to the police on 101.”

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