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CUCKOO CRACKDOWN: Police secure partial closure order on St Albans property linked to drug cuckooing

 Published on: 21st September 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans property linked to cuckooing, suspected drug activity and anti-social behaviour is now subject to a partial closure order.

The flat in Lycaste Close now has a three-month partial Closure Order, which was granted at St Albans Magistrates Court on Wednesday, September 20, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.  For the next three months, the only people permitted to enter the property are the tenant, St Albans City & District Council, the relevant support agencies for the tenant and the emergency services.

St Albans Police’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) acted following reports about the vulnerable occupant being taken advantage of and the subsequent anti-social activity at the property, as well as police information.

Prior to the order being granted, the CSU worked closely with officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team and St Albans City & District Council, which owns the property, to gather evidence of the anti-social behaviour that was having a detrimental effect on neighbours.

Sergeant Mike Saunders, from St Albans CSU, said: “We hope this provides some respite from the ongoing issues suffered by neighbours and helps protect the tenant. Anyone who breaches the terms of the order could face arrest, a fine, imprisonment or both.

“Our Safer Neighbourhood Team colleagues will continue to regularly patrol the area and we have asked neighbours to report any breaches of the order to us as soon as possible so we can take further action if required.

“If you have information about suspected drug activity, vulnerable occupants and anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, please don’t hesitate to report it to us. We will take it seriously and do all we can to prevent it from adversely affecting neighbours’ quality of life.”

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