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Council closes flat used by drugs dealers

Published on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

A Nuneaton home being used by drug users and causing anti-social behaviour has been officially shut down.

No one will be allowed to enter the property in Dillon Court Nuneaton for the next three months. A Closure Order was granted by magistrates at the Warwickshire Justice Centre on 1 May and was later served on the occupant of Flat 26 Dillon Court by Borough Council officers and Warwickshire Police.

The Council’s Communities Officer, working in partnership with officers from Warwickshire Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team and the Council’s Area Housing Officer, applied to the Court for the Closure Order as a result of numerous reports of illegal drug use and anti-social behaviour at the address.

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Rachel Jackson of the Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Communities Partnership said:

“This Closure Order is yet another example of the Council’s commitment to addressing serious anti-social behaviour in the Borough. We will not tolerate our communities being affected by this type of behaviour and our response in this case reflects that.

“The granting of this Closure Order is the culmination of the Police and Council Officers working together to deal with a property which has caused much distress to the local community. This sends out a very clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in the Borough. We will continue to utilise all the powers available to us to address issues of crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Dawn Dawson, Director of Housing and Communities said:

“Where tenants, leaseholders or homeowners are found to be perpetrating crime or serious anti-social behaviour, in or around their properties, the Council will ensure that every option available to them is used to address those issues.”

Chief Inspector Goddard of Warwickshire Police said: 

“This particular address has been frequently associated with anti-social behaviour and criminality. We have engaged and listened carefully to the community and have taken collaborative action alongside our partners at the council. We have taken this step to protect the local community from this type of behaviour and we will utilise these powers again, wherever they are justified, in order to protect our neighbourhoods.