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STAYING SHUT: Closure order extended on Watford address linked to drug offences

 Published on: 2nd May 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Watford property linked to anti-social behaviour and drug offences remains off limits after a closure order extension was granted by the courts.

The ruling was made yesterday (Wednesday, May 1) and means that no one can enter the address in Albanwood for a further three months. Anyone who breaches this order could be arrested, with further action taken against them.

The initial closure order was granted at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on February 1, following an investigation by the Watford Community Safety Unit and the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Reports were made concerning activity at the address which was having a negative impact on the local community.

Evidence presented to the court documented incidents of late night anti-social behaviour, vehicle damage and drug dealing.

Inspector Dan Jones, who leads the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “We have been working in close partnership with local authorities, children’s services and the housing provider to secure the extension that prevents any access to the property until July 31, 2024. We’re committed to improving the quality of life for neighbours, who have been severely impacted by ongoing issues at this property.

“The further three months closure allows proceedings to take place by the housing association to secure possession of the property.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and as a Neighbourhood Policing Team, it’s our job to work with the community and partners to address and resolve issues which negatively affect our residents. We are committed to listening to any concerns residents may have in their area and will take appropriate measures to ensure local residents are able to enjoy their community.

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

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