Kent Messenger Maidstone

Joint operation to tackle drugs


A SOCIAL housing firm has joined forces with Kent Police to deal with drug offences and anti-social behaviour at two of its estates.

Golding Homes recruited officers’ help after reports of criminal activity at Sunningdal­e Court, off Square Hill Road, and Midhurst Court, in Mote Road.

Insp Jody Gagan-Cook, of the community safety unit, said: “We have carried out a number of drugs operations at these locations, seized drugs, and dealt with offenders appropriat­ely.

“This is all part of our ongoing work to catch criminals who are working in the area, and improve the quality of life for the other people who live in the area.”

As a result of the ongoing operation, the majority of tenants who were surveyed last month said they were happy with where they lived and felt confident in reporting crime.

Since January, officers were called to Sunningdal­e Court 22 times and to Midhurst Court on 11 occasions to deal with antisocial behaviour. Golding Homes community safety adviser Stephen Timms said: “We want our homes to be safe and enjoyable places to live.

“We hope this joint operation will prevent further problems and possible evictions.”

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