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Drug House Shut Down In Poole
Borough of Poole and Dorset Police have been granted a closure order on a property in Foxholes Road, Oakdale, Poole, due to its association with Class A drugs and persistent anti-social behaviour.
The property has been closed for three months. It is a criminal offence for anyone to enter the boundary of the property during this period, with the order expiring on 16 February 2013.
Bournemouth Magistrates Court heard how the property was used for the dealing of Class A drugs with nuisance behaviour from the occupants and their associates that included shouting, loud music, fighting and parties.
Other criminal behaviour stemming from the property, including burglary and robbery, was also having a negative impact on neighbours.
Ian Cooke, Community Services Manager, Borough of Poole, said:
"This is the first time we have closed a property that is privately owned and demonstrates that those who harm Poole's communities through the dealing of drugs are not beyond our reach even in their own home."
Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Horton, Dorset Police, said:
"This is excellent news for the local residents, who have endured sustained periods of anti-social behaviour, which at the core was fuelled by Class A drug use.
"This order sends a clear message that Dorset Police, together with our partners, will not shy away from taking the necessary action to support and reassure the wider community."
The court awarded the order under Part 1 Section 2 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and applied for the closure order.
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