Hatfield properties linked with suspected drug dealing closed for three months

PUBLISHED: 19:07 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:07 20 August 2018

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Hatfield properties have been closed after reports of anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and substance use.

Officers from Welwyn Hatfield’s Community Safety Unit were granted a three month Closure Order on the Crawford Road flat at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, August 9.

On the same day, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) was granted the same for a linked property in Stonecross Road, Hatfield.

This means anyone can be arrested for entering the houses during that period.

The court believed people at the house were likely to engage in serious nuisance to the public, there was likely to be disorder near the premises, and the occupants had likely engaged in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour there.

Herts police worked in partnership with WHBC to gather evidence for the Closure Order.

Welwyn Hatfield Community Safety Sgt Ricki Vaughan, said: “To help us in the fight against drugs in Hatfield and associated anti-social behaviour, we are working closely with partner agencies to put a permanent stop to these crimes. Securing these Closure Orders is a significant part of helping us to achieve that.

“For many months we responded to complaints alongside WHBC about the anti-social behaviour and suspected drug use and drug dealing at the properties.

“By taking this action to close the address, we hope to provide some respite from the on-going issues that cause such misery for neighbours and improve the quality of life for our local communities.”

Cllr Bernard Sarson, WHBC’s Executive Member for Community Safety, said: “We’re pleased with both results, and hope they show that we will always take action to ensure that our residents feel safe and comfortable in their own homes.

“Council staff worked closely with the police to gather evidence, and closures are always a last resort when other efforts to resolve the situation have been unsuccessful, but these cases send out a clear message that we will not hesitate to take action when needed.”

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