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8 May 2015, 06:00
Police have closed down another suspected drug den in the county this week, executing the new anti-social behaviour law for the first time in Bedford.
The team led by Sergeant Melissa Cunningham, who successfully closed 13 properties in Luton since the new law came in last year, is hoping this will be the first of many in her new role in Bedford.
Officers from the Local Policing team, Special Constabulary and the Central Tasking team, along with the anti-social behaviour team at Bedford Borough Council, executed the warrant at the property in Stanley Street, Bedford, on Tuesday 5 May.
A man and a woman were arrested as a result of the operation for possession of class A and class B drugs, and were bailed until next month.
The crack house was initially closed down for 24 hours to prevent further activity, before a three month-long closure was secured at Luton Magistrates' Court under s76 of the Anti-Social behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014.
Reports of anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and general nuisance have been made to police in the past, and whilst successful drugs warrants had been executed at the address the anti-social behaviour continued.
PC Karen Jarman, who led the warrant, said: "This property was a concern for residents and we want to reassure them that we will continue to disrupt these criminals. We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour and we work closely with our partner agencies to protect our communities."
PCSO Ian Bevis-Mott, who worked alongside PC Karen Jarman on securing the closure, said: "The local team of PCSOs have notified residents who are delighted with the result. We are pleased that the introduction of the new anti-social behaviour legislation now means we have the powers to apply for a Closure Order at court, to shut down the premises and put a stop to this behaviour."
A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: "Bedford Borough Council, as part of the Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership, is committed to working with the Police in tackling all types of Anti-Social Behaviour. Stanley Street is a great example of how collaborative working between the Council and Police in both identifying and tackling Anti-Social Behaviour has made our local community safer for us all; the public will see the Borough Council and Police continue to work together as part of the Community Safety Partnership."
Anyone with any information relating to drug dens in the county should call police in confidence on 101, text information to 07786 200011, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.