‘Homes from hell’ shut down in po­lice ac­tion

Herald Express - - News - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

Matthew Carter

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