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Closure Order on property in Atherstone town centre

Published on Wednesday, 11th December 2019

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On the 10th December 2019 Officers from the Housing Division, the Legal Team of North Warwickshire Borough Council and Warwickshire Police attended The Justice Centre at Nuneaton to seek from the Magistrates a Closure Order at Stratford Avenue, Atherstone which had links to “County Lines”.

‘County lines’ is a term used to describe gangs transporting drugs from bigger cities into smaller towns. This is a national problem involving drug gangs operating from cities including Birmingham, London, Manchester and Liverpool.

After reading the evidence gathered from members of the community, the Police and the Housing team the Magistrates agreed that the occupant and visitors to the property had engaged in disorderly, offensive and criminal behaviour including the use and supply of illegal drugs at the premises and the use of the premises was a serious nuisance to the local community and members of the public.

The Closure Order was granted under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and the property was closed on the same day bringing immediate relief and respite to the Community.

Working in partnership, the Housing Division and the local Safer Neighbourhood Team have successfully closed 3 properties in Atherstone in the fight against the use and supply of illegal drugs in our community.  If you have information that could help the Council and the Police with their investigations or any other concerns, you may have about “County Lines” you can call 101, speak with your local PCSO and your Tenancy Services Officer.  Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the Council’s website - www.northwarks.gov.uk/asb

The Housing Team would like to thank the community and the Police for working together and assisting us in combating the problem.  By keeping us informed we were able to take the right action at the right time and deal with the issue and close the property.

The premises will be closed for three months, this means that no person aside from the Police and the Council can enter the property.