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Flat closed after anti-social behaviour

HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY ISSUED THIS STATEMENT:


A closure order has been issued for a flat in Niton Close in Gosport following reports of anti-social behaviour and disorder.

 

Portsmouth Magistrates Court approved the order for 13 Niton Close under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, on Wednesday 5 July after evidence was presented showing drug use in communal areas of the council block that contains the flat.

 

Gosport Borough Council and Hampshire Constabulary applied for the order after reports of criminal behaviour and disorder including; activity suggesting the exchange of drugs, people smoking and injecting drugs in communal areas, and drugs paraphernalia such as bloodied bandages and needles being discarded. Other residents had also reported being asked for money by people they did not know.

 

The order lasts for three months, until October 5, and means it is a criminal offence to enter the address during this period unless authorised by the police or Gosport Borough Council. The flat has now been sealed up and anyone who breaks the order could face a fine or imprisonment.

 

Inspector Richard Thompson from Gosport’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This action has been taken following an increasing number of reports of criminal behaviour associated with the address in recent months. We take these reports very seriously, especially when they relate to drugs.

 

“PC Mark Barber has undertaken some excellent work with his colleagues from the Gosport West Neighbourhood Policing Team to identify and resolve the issues reported to us by residents. We’ve worked with Gosport Borough Council to obtain statements and obtained photographic evidence, along with body worn video footage, leading to this successful application to the court. This was swift action which was also prompted by intelligence obtained from local beat officers and reports given to Gosport Borough Council’s housing team.

 

“It’s a great example of community policing working alongside partner agencies to ensure the safety and security of the residents of Niton Close. This type of activity has a huge impact on the wider community and people visiting the area.

 

“This order sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and will use every available power to stop it”.

 

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: "This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and we will not hesitate to take firm action, along with the police.

 

"We're very glad to get this excellent result in court for the people of Niton Close and the wider community. We're now considering all options, including eviction proceedings, to make sure the neighbours are protected from such activities in the future."

 

If you are concerned about drug-related crime or anti-social behaviour where you live, then please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.

 

Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

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