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Officers secure closure order for Gateshead anti-social behaviour hub

25 Aug 2018 09:00 AM

Marian Court Closure Order [View Full Size]

A Gateshead property where it was suspected drug dealing was taking place has been closed after a series of warrants recovered a supply of heroin.

The closure order, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, was heard before a judge at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (August 21).

It prevents anyone from entering the property in Marian Court, for a set period of time, except from employees and agents of the landlord, members of Gateshead Council or the emergency services. Any breach of the order could lead to prosecution and – on conviction – a possible prison sentence or fine.

The application came after numerous complaints were made to police by concerned residents, worried about ongoing anti-social behaviour and suspected criminal activities – including drug dealing – being conducted by frequent visitors to the property.

As a result, officers from Gateshead Neighbourhood Policing Team executed two warrants earlier this year which successfully recovered quantities of the Class A drug from the premises.

They were then able to secure legislation to minimise any further disruption or criminality in the area and take action against the tenant.

Neighbourhood Inspector Michael Robson said: “The Closure Order was obtained as a proactive way to bring an end to a range of anti-social behaviour associated with the property which has blighted the lives of local residents over a number of months.

“Hopefully they can now enjoy the peace and quiet they deserve.

“Police officers will be conducting checks at the property to make sure the order is being complied with and anyone entering should be aware they are committing a criminal offence and they will be arrested.

“As a Force, we are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and disorder that can have a harmful impact on our local communities.

“We will continue to look to tackle disorder while protecting the most vulnerable individuals in our society.”

The closure order expires on November 21.

Anyone who sees any incidents or suspicious activity at this address is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 711 210818 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.