PERMANENT closure of two problematic properties involved in drug use have immediately made residents feeling safer, say police.
Three-month closure orders were granted for two properties on Gayle Court in Barnsley but following the tenant’s failure to comply, a full possession order will now be applied.
Properties which are used for drug use can cause anti-social behaviour with people coming during day and night, with no regard for the community’s well-being.
Barnsley officers, including the Barnsley West Neighbourhood Team and Tasking Team worked alongside Barnsley Council to obtain closure orders on numbers 28 and 32.
A closure order on a property means no one must enter the property unless they have permission, such as the council or emergency services. Closure orders are usually granted for a period of three months.
Following the tenant failing to complying with the closure order, a full possession order was applied for to the courts. This order means that tenants make themselves intentionally homeless for refusing to accept responsibility for managing their tenancy.
Tasking Team Sergeant Steve Newton said: “While we have been carrying out work in the area, we have been approached by residents who have already explained how their lives have improved and the levels of anti-social behaviour has reduced.
“We are here to help, and we will seek action against those causing fear and harm in our communities.”
If you are concerned about a property being used for drugs or drug supply, please report it to police online, via live chat or by calling 101.
Alternatively, information can be shared anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org