Closure Order issued in Tiverton to stop drug dealing

Posted on: 27 March 2018

A flat at West-Exe North, in Tiverton, has been closed in order to stop drug dealing from the premises. 

Working with the Community Safety Partnership and the Police, the Council took action to tackle the serious nuisance and disorder which was having a profound impact in the local area.  On 22 March 2018, Magistrates granted an Order which stated that the property should be closed until 21 June 2018.  This means that no-one can enter the premises.  If they do so, they are committing an offence and, if found guilty, could be sent to prison or fined.

The property was secured immediately after the Closure Order was made. 

Councillor Ray Stanley, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The closure of the flat shows that the Housing Service is prepared to act decisively to stop drug related crime.  We realise that this is a matter of concern to many in the community and that it can affect the sense of wellbeing in an area.  Our Officers worked with other partners to bring this case to the North & East Devon Magistrate’s Court using the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  I hope that they will be able to commence possession proceedings immediately on the grounds that the flat has been closed, with a view to evicting the tenant from the property”. 

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