Three-month clo­sure or­der sends ‘strong mes­sage’ on crime

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» PO­LICE have se­cured a three-month clo­sure or­der on a Chel­tenham house plagued by drug use and crime.

Mag­is­trates at Glouces­ter County Court granted a po­lice ap­pli­ca­tion last month for a prop­erty in Hanover Street, St Paul’s, to be shut down.

Re­ports of vul­ner­a­ble youths go­ing to the home and drugs be­ing taken there were made to the So­lace ac­tion group, which fights an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

So­lace team leader Louise Boyle said: “We hope that the clo­sure or­der sends a strong mes­sage that this type of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and crim­i­nal­ity will not be tol­er­ated in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

In­spec­tor John Turner, of Gloucestershire Con­stab­u­lary, added: “This clo­sure or­der is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the po­lice work­ing with key part­ners to en­sure the safe­guard­ing of vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.”

The or­ders are de­signed to tackle se­ri­ous and per­sis­tent forms of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

They close a prop­erty com­pletely or par­tially, pre­vent­ing ac­cess by any­one for three months, with a pos­si­ble ex­ten­sion to six months.

The So­lace team in­cludes of­fi­cers from Gloucestershire Con­stab­u­lary, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil and Glouces­ter City Coun­cil.

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