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Four closure notices issued at licencesin Newcastle

Dated: 18 Dec 2017 17:00 PM

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Northumbria Police has today issued four closure notices under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014  at licensed premises in Newcastle city centre. The notices have been issued  by police due to concerns about serious criminal activity, namely the supply of Class A drugs taking place both on and near to the premises and the associated harm this causes.

Earlier this year an operation was launched by Northumbria Police after they received intelligence that drugs were being dealt in bars in Newcastle city centre.

And today (Monday) police have executed a series of warrants across the region and 11 people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy  to supply of Class A drugs.

Newcastle city centre Chief Inspector, Dave Pickett, said the closure notices should send a stern warning message to other premises in the city centre.

He said: “The activity today shows that we will use a number of different tactics to try to stamp out drug dealing in our night time economy.

“We enjoy a really positive relationship with our licencing partners in the city centre and the decision to issue closure notices has not been taken lightly.

“Northumbria Police has a duty to ensure that those coming to our city centres to enjoy a night out can do so in a safe and responsible manner.

“If we suspect that people are dealing drugs in bars and nightclubs then we will not hesitate to take action."

The  closure notices will now be heard in South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, December 20.