Officers in Runnymede have delivered a clear message that drug abuse and associated anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated after successfully obtaining closure orders on three properties in the borough.
Surrey Police worked in partnership with A2 Dominion Housing Group and private landlords in applying for the orders following concerns raised by local residents that the properties were being used for the dealing and/or manufacture of Class A drugs.
At a hearing at North Surrey Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 18 September, closure orders were obtained for 10 Countisbury Gardens, Addlestone and Flat 7, Grayling House, Bridge Wharf, Chertsey. At a further hearing yesterday (Wednesday, 26 September), a closure order was obtained for 61A High Street, Addlestone. The orders, which ban anyone from entering the property, were made under Section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and came in to effect immediately.
Neighbourhood Inspector Roger Nield said: “I hope that the communities of Addlestone and Chertsey will benefit from the closure orders granted by magistrates over the last couple of weeks. The purpose of these orders is not only to help the local residents affected by the persistent anti-social behaviour associated with these properties but also to offer support to those involved and help them permanently change their behaviour.
“Anti-social behaviour in any form will not be tolerated by Surrey Police. By working closely with our partners we have been able to send out a very clear message to those engaged in class A drug dealing and production that we will take action against this kind of behaviour in Surrey.”
The notices are in place at the addresses in Countisbury Gardens, Addlestone, and Bridge Wharf, Chertsey, until 17 December, 2012, and at the property in High Street, Addlestone, until 25 December, 2012. Anyone seen entering these properties during that period will be arrested and is liable to receive a fine or face a custodial sentence for breaching the order.
Anyone who has information on anti-social behaviour in their area and would like some help and advice should contact their Surrey Police Safer Neighbourhood Team by calling 101.