Guildford residents are set for improved living after two Closure Orders granted
The orders, granted by Staines Magistrates Court on 31 May, have been put in place in order to protect vulnerable people from Anti-Social and drug-related behaviour.
The properties detailed below have been granted Closure Orders which only allow for friends, family and support workers to attend the addresses. Anyone else who visits can be arrested. The Closure Orders will be in place until 30 August 2018.
- Fairview Road, Ash) The home address of a vulnerable man who was being exploited by a number of people who had purportedly taken over his address. Concerns were reported to us as it’s believed the visitors were taking the man’s medication and using his address to drink and take drugs. Other local residents had complained of disturbances as a result of the anti-social behaviour of these visitors.
- Addison Court, Guildford) While living in sheltered housing for elderly people, a vulnerable man was the victim of cuckooing. Other elderly residents were intimidated by the behaviour and the number of visitors using the address and loitering in communal areas at all times of day and night.
Lucy Lumsden from Surrey Police Anti-Social Behaviour team said: “We’re very happy with the result of the two Closure Orders which will now enable the residents to live in peace.
“I’d like to thank the victims and relatives for coming forwards and talking to us and I commend their bravery in doing so. I urge anyone else who is experiencing similar issues to contact us right away so that we can help and support you to live in a safer, ASB-free environment.”
Cuckooing is a method used by drug dealers and gangs. They will acquire a property by either force or by coercing a vulnerable person. The property will then be used as a base for their activities.
There are several signs to look out for in relation to potential cuckooing:
- Lots of visitors to a particular property, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash
- Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V's or bikes but leaving empty handed
- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address
- People hanging around in communal areas or parks, always in the same place, possibly leaving packages or envelopes in seemingly unusual places
More information about anti-social behaviour is available at www.surreycommunitysafety.org.uk.
If you would like to report Anti-Social Behaviour, please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.