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Closure order for drugs property in Dover

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Anyone concerned about drug activity should contact Kent Police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

On 26th April, East Kent Housing, working jointly with Dover District Council and Kent Police, successfully obtained a Closure Order at Canterbury Magistrates Court in respect of a Dover property that had been exploited by drug dealers in the area.

A Closure Order is an order made by the Court which excludes access to the property for a period of 3 months, including to those who habitually reside there.

Sergeant Simon Clarke from Kent Police said: ‘We assisted with the closure of a property in Dover following reports of drug use and anti-social behaviour.

‘Police were called to the property more than a dozen times between August 2018 and March 2019, where residents were feeling the effects of anti-social behaviour and drug dealing in and outside the premises.

‘Officers working within the Operation Raptor team hope the closure improves life for residents and will continue to work closely with Dover District Council and other agencies to support our community and reduce the supply of drugs in Dover and the surrounding areas.'

Operation Raptor is a countywide strategy designed to tackle the sale of class A drugs and associated criminality.

Asking people to come forward

An East Kent Housing spokesperson said: 'Residents in the locality are extremely grateful as they advised their lives had been blighted by this activity and the nuisance it causes. We continue to work with communities to address such issues, and ask residents to come forward to assist in providing the evidence for us to be able to do this.'

100% anonymous

Reporting suspicious activity will help to safeguard vulnerable individuals.  Roger Critchell, Crimestoppers Director of Operations said: “We are asking anyone who has information to contact us, safe in the knowledge nobody will know you have done so.  We won’t judge or ask any personal details. All we want to know is what you know, and you’ll remain 100% anonymous. Always.”

Know what to look for

- Do visitors come at unusual times of the day or night?
- Are there suspicious smells around the property?
- Is a resident getting more visitors?
- Has a resident stopped leaving their house?
- Are curtains or blinds almost always shut?
- Has anti-social behaviour increased around the property?

Having concerns?

Anyone concerned about drug activity should contact Kent Police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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