Closure Order issued in Congleton Date published: 6th April 2018 3.04pm

Officers from Congleton have issued their third closure order in the past seven days as part of an ongoing campaign against drug dealing in the area.

Cheshire Police, working with local housing association Plus Dane Housing, successfully obtained a closure order for a property on St John Street, having discovered that the address was being used for drug related activity.

The closure order was granted at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Thursday 5 April, as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Following the hearing the resident has been removed from the property and the address has been boarded up for a period of up to three months.

Inspector Penny Jones said: "This closure order is just another example our commitment to target people that undermine our communities and bring misery to residents through their involvement in illegal drugs and anti-social behaviour.

“Congleton Beat Team will continue to focus their attention on people who are complacent with allowing their properties to be used for antisocial or criminal activity, and anyone who does so risks losing their home.”

Over the next three months regular checks of the premises will be conducted to ensure the closure order is not breached. If anyone is found to have breached the order they are liable to arrest and up to six months′ prison, or a £5,000 fine, or both.

Anyone who is concerned about anti-social behaviour and drug related crime in their local communities is urged to Cheshire Police on 101. Alternatively residents can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.