‘Homes from hell’ shut down in police action
POLICE have shut down three properties in Newton Abbot following repeated reports of criminal, offensive, anti-social behaviour and drug misuse.
The shutdown operation saw police out in force on the streets of the town.
South Devon Magistrates Court granted the three-month closure orders on 58 Prospect Terrace and flats 9 and 11 in Russell House, after the court heard that the properties’ tenants and their associates had caused ‘serious and prolonged nuisance and distress to neighbours and the local community’.
The closure orders will prevent any access to the properties for a period of three months in an effort to stop the nuisance and disorder.
Police said they had received reports of abusive behaviour, drug dealing and misuse and significant noise disruption to residents living in Prospect Terrace.
Concerns were raised to the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and the council that the tenant, named by police as 57-year-old Sean Gallogly, and his associates, were causing continued distress to other residents of the road.
The closure orders at Russell House, following reports that the two properties were being used to carry out drug dealing and misuse, putting vulnerable people at further risk of crime. The court was told that tenants Melanie Green and Linda White were allowing their properties to be used by associates to carry out the offences within the retirement living facility.
Police said they had been working with the Guinness Trust, who own Russell House, and the local authority to obtain the further closure orders to ‘ensure the safety of the residents and wider communities’.
Neighbourhood Sergeant, John Dingle said: “There has been a sustained period of anti-social-behaviour and drug use linked to these three addresses.
“Police and partner agencies have tried working with residents but the situation has not improved, which has resulted in us obtaining these closure or-
Police operation in Prospect Terrace ders.
“This is a great outcome for the other residents of Prospect Terrace and Russell House as well as for the wider community in Newton Abbot.
“This is also a great example of our commitment to reducing crime and ensure the safety of those in our communities.”
A police van remained parked outside the house in Prospect Road while a police officer attached a copy of the closure notice to the front door. As police carried out the op- eration one neighbour said: “I’ll be glad to see them go.”
But he said they had not created any fuss as a result of the police move to shut the three addresses.
He said: “No, they’ve gone very quietly and respectfully, fair play to them.”
Anyone suffering similar problems within their neighbourhood should report problems to police through the 101 service. You can also report anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.