Suspected drug activity and anti-social behavior lead to Hampshire Police shutdown order on Yateley’s house
The combined efforts of the Hart District Council and the Hampshire Police have resulted in an order to close a property on Betjeman Walk in Yateley.
The board sought the order following repeated concerns about the suspected drug activity and associated antisocial behavior.
During the 18 months, it was reported that occupants of the property regularly had loud parties and caused undue disruption to neighbors through constant visitors all night.
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Locals complained that the consumption of cannabis created an unpleasant odor in the surrounding properties. The owners also had unspecified security measures in place on the property, which reportedly created a sense of fear and intimidation among neighbors.
Following the Closure Order, issued by the Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court, no one will be allowed to enter or stay at the address for the next three months without permission and without being accompanied by authorized council officers .
It is a criminal offense to violate this order and any attempt to do so could result in arrest.
Cllr Stuart Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities at Hart District Council, said: âI am delighted that we were able to secure this closure order. This is an excellent result which will have a significant impact on the surrounding neighbors.
âI hope this order sends a message that the council will not condone anti-social behavior in the district. This order would not have been possible without the courage of the residents to provide evidence, the Hampshire Police and our Community Safety Team, I thank everyone involved. “
After the order was issued, Hampshire Police stressed the importance of reporting any suspected drug activity in light of the increase in incidents of child criminal exploitation (CCE) in the counties.
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Hart Ward Inspector Jennifer Lovegrove said: âWe are delighted that this order has been obtained and hope it will reassure the local community that we, along with our partners, will take action and use all available powers to resolve the issues that concern them.
âWe would like to thank the Hart District Council for their dedication and hard work in securing the order from the Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court. This is a great example of how we are working with our partner agencies to achieve a positive outcome for those who live in the local community.
“I hope this order sends the message that we will not tolerate anti-social behavior, and we will use all available powers to stop it.”
Anyone concerned about issues with antisocial behavior or drug use where they live are encouraged to report it to their neighborhood police team on 101 or online.
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