Three flats in one block closed in Stanwell following drug related antisocial behaviour
Residents of Dutch Barn Close in Stanwell are looking forward to a peaceful Christmas after closure notices were served on three flats in the same block.
The three flats, which are all believed to have been used to distribute illegal drugs from a “County Lines” gang, were attracting anti-social behaviour and violent crime into the area and left residents afraid to walk down their own street.
Surrey Police, working with the local authority and A2Dominion Housing Group, gathered evidence of the drug dealing, the associated anti-social behaviour and the impact it was having on local residents before applying for the closure orders.
At Staines magistrates court yesterday (5 December) full closure orders were granted for numbers 37 and 47 Dutch Barn Close. Anyone found within those properties within the next 3 months will be committing an offence, and liable to arrest.
The third property, 49 Dutch Barn Close, was granted a partial closure order - meaning only the resident and people listed on the order are allowed within the property for three months. This is to prevent the property being “cuckooed” where drug dealers force a resident to deal drugs and otherwise take advantage of them.
Residents told how the comings and goings of people looking to buy drugs at these three flats made their lives a misery – with many residents looking to leave the area, or not feeling safe within their own homes.
Spelthorne Neighbourhood Inspector Maxine Cilia said: “These three addresses are all connected to County Lines, and we hope closing them will substantially impact the drug supply, and associated anti-social behaviour, across the whole of Spelthorne. We’d like to wish all the residents living in Dutch Barn Close a happy – and ASB-free – Christmas!”
“Surrey Police will work with anyone who needs our assistance in protecting their homes from being taken over by drug dealers – and partial closures are a very effective way of doing this. But where tenants refuse to co-operate we will close properties resulting in eviction to protect our local communities and prevent anti-social behaviour and violent crime.
“If you suspect anyone is entering any of the properties during the time the closure orders are in place, please contact us quoting reference number PR/45180084977.”
If you have information about suspected drug dealing or crime in your area, please either contact Surrey Police via www.surrey.police.uk or by calling 101.
If you don’t want to speak to Police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call and you could earn yourself a reward.
What are the signs of potential drug dealing?
- Lots of visitors, 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.
What we want to know
- Time, date and place
- Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour
- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
- Direction they travelling to and from
- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?
Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.