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CLOSURE CONFIRMED: Takeaway in St Albans shut off after drugs bust (VIDEO)

 Published on: 3rd March 2022   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans takeaway and associated garage where drugs were found are now off limits after police achieved full Closure Orders for both premises.

India Garden on Catherine Street has been the subject of several drug related reports. Following these reports, a drugs warrant was executed on Friday, February 4 at the takeaway and garage, at the back of the takeaway.

A large quantity of Class A drugs, suspected to be worth thousands of pounds, were seized.

Following the warrant, a 50-year-old male from St Albans was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He has subsequently been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

St Albans Police Community Safety Unit (CSU) worked in partnership with their Safer Neighbourhood Team colleagues to gather evidence for full Closure Order applications.

On Friday, February 25, St Albans Magistrates’ Court granted the Closure Orders on the takeaway and the associated garage, which was used as a storage facility.

The Orders prohibit anyone from entering the premises for a period of three months, save for representatives of Coupers and their sub-contractors, utility companies in an emergency and the emergency services.

Anyone who breaches the Orders could be arrested and fined, imprisoned or both.

Sergeant Mike Saunders, from the CSU, said: “We hope this latest development will reassure the public that we are listening and will take appropriate action where necessary.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe and happy in the community. We are committed to doing everything in our power to deal with suspected drug related incidents or anti-social behaviour and these Closure Orders are a significant step in protecting the community.

“Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour or drug related activity in their neighbourhood is urged to please report the details to us, so that we can take appropriate action to make your community safer. Your calls can make a real difference.”

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