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Council obtains first closure order

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council have been granted its first closure order under anti-social behaviour powers closing a property in King Street, Oadby.

Magistrates sitting at Leicester on Thursday, 3 January 2019 heard that the occupier of the flat had been convicted of possessing cannabis and possessing cannabis with intent to supply and that the flat was frequented on a regular basis by drug users to buy and smoke drugs.

Neighbours had complained about the frequent visitors, open use of drugs, noise and the constant presence of vehicles blocking the street.

Following the most recent conviction officers from Wigston Police Station and the Council worked together to gather evidence to support the closure order application.

The order closes the property to anybody who is not normally resident there for the next three months.

Insp Mike Cawley of Wigston Police said: “People want and deserve to live in clean, safe communities, free from the fear and nuisance caused by drug dealing and other crime associated with anti-social behaviour. Obtaining this order should send out a clear message to residents of the Borough that the Police and Council will continue to work together and robustly deal with anti-social behaviour.”

Cllr Kevin Loydell J.P. Chair of the Oadby and Wigston Community Safety Partnership said: ‘The Council recently committed resources to tackling anti-social behaviour by appointing an officer solely dedicated to addressing this type of issue. Effective solutions depend on inter-agency working and this is an excellent example of the steps being made to tackle anti-social behaviour.”

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