Police drugs crackdown continues as two Hatfield properties closed

PUBLISHED: 16:25 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 06 November 2017

Police secured a Closing Order for a flat in Jubilee Court, Hatfield. Picture credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Police secured a Closing Order for a flat in Jubilee Court, Hatfield. Picture credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary.

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Herts Police's crackdown on drugs in the borough continued as officers secured two Closing Orders for properties in Hatfield.

Police secured a Closing Order for a bungalow in St Michael's View in Hatfield. Picture credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary.Police secured a Closing Order for a bungalow in St Michael's View in Hatfield. Picture credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary.

The homes – a bungalow in St Michael’s View and a flat in Jubilee Court – were being investigated by police following complaints about antisocial manner and suspected drug dealing and use.

Hertfordshire Constabulary worked in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Council to gather evidence in support of the orders, which prevent anyone from entering the properties for three months.

The work has been undertaken as part of Operation Vinic, an on-going scheme designed to tackle Class A and Class B drugs offences in Hatfield and associated antisocial behaviour (ASB).

So far the operation has seen 22 people arrested.

Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Inspector, Sophia Adams, said: “To help us in the fight against drugs in Hatfield and associated ASB, 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 Welwyn Hatfield Council about the ASB and suspected drug use and drug dealing at these properties.

“By taking this action to close the addresses, 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.”

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