Closure orders for three Matlock homes after suspected drug-related activity and anti-social behaviour
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Three properties in the Matlock area have been given Closure Orders by the court following a case put together by police, council and local housing association after suspected illegal drug activity and anti-social behaviour.
A full Closure Order was granted, and the tenants evicted, for two properties on Overdale, and a partial closure order was granted at another address on Overdale, meaning only two occupants can remain.
The three month long orders were granted at Chesterfield Justice Centre today (Thursday 19 December).
A case was built after a number of incidents to police and reports to Derbyshire Dales District Council and Platform Housing, about the addresses, their tenants and visitors appearing to be involved in crime, drug misuse and causing serious nuisance and disorder.
Sgt. Paul Simmons, of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, said: “These Closure Orders follow a repeated of incidents and reports of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug supply and taking over recent months.
“This is a great result for those living nearby these properties and the wider community, and is a good example of what we can achieve when working alongside partnership agencies. We hope that this action will significantly improve the quality of life for other residents.”
“It would have been difficult to obtain these orders without the help of the local community and we would like to thank them for their support. I hope that the orders will act as an example of how people can make a difference to their local area by working with us.”
Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Garry Purdy said: “Thankfully this kind of anti-social behaviour is relatively rare in the Derbyshire Dales, but multi-agency operations such as this show that those who cross the line will be tackled swiftly. The Closure Orders are great news for our residents who live on the Hurst Farm estate."
Marion Duffy, Group Regional Operations Director East, of Platform Housing Group said: “Platform Housing Group has been working very closely with the police and other key partners to support the application for a Closure Order in one of our properties on the Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock.
“Platform Housing Group is fully committed to ensuring that our communities and neighbourhoods are safe and secure for all our residents and we will always act promptly with all our key partners to eradicate proven cases of anti-social behaviour.”
The court granted the orders as they believed that the use of the addresses has resulted in serious nuisance to members of the public and the orders are necessary to prevent the nuisance and/or disorder from continuing.
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