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News Archive > General > Police close crack house linked to County Lines

Police close crack house linked to County Lines

By Beth Perry 14th November 2018

Police close crack house linked to County Lines

A PROPERTY in Newquay has been targeted by police after it was linked to County Lines drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour.

Police believe a “stark warning” has been issued to drug-dealers after a property in the Hawkins Road area became the subject of the town’s first ever Closure Order – sometimes referred to as ‘Crack House Closures’.

The order can be obtained by police from the Magistrates’ Court for properties which are believed to be being used in a way which can cause, or is likely to soon cause, disorder or a nuisance to members of the public. A closure notice prohibits access to the premises by suspected offenders for anything up to three months.

Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PC Alex Allen, said: “This is the first time Newquay police have obtained a Closure Order for a property. This has been the result of excellent partnership work between Cornwall Council ASB Teams, Ocean Housing, local police and, more importantly, the local community. Various agencies received several
reports of anti-social behaviour, mainly drug-dealing and misuse of illicit drugs, linked to ‘County Lines’ drug supply networks.”

The Closure Order came about as it became evident that County Lines drug- dealers from the North of England were targeting vulnerable people and properties to supply drugs in Newquay – a practice that has become commonly known as ‘cuckooing’.

One of the police’s main responsibilities is to work with partner agencies to safeguard the most vulnerable in the community. The order will effectively ‘ban’ individuals and make it a criminal offence for them to attend and target the vulnerable at the property in question.

PC Allen added: “Although this is the first Closure Order for the Newquay area, I am certain it will not be the last.

“Cuckooing and County Lines are both national issues and are not unique to Newquay alone. However, they are a priority for Newquay police and we aim to deter and disrupt them as much as possible.

“The successful application for this Closure Order on a residential property in Hawkins Road is a stark warning to those people who target the vulnerable and those who deal drugs from their own home or others.”

Inspector Dave Meredith added: “This is an outstanding result and our community is a lot safer as a result of this Closure Order.

“Newquay police are fully aware of the dangers that Class A drugs, such as heroin and crack cocaine, present to our community, and combating drug supply in the town is our main priority.

“A lot of hard work went into obtaining this Closure Order, and it would never have been achieved without a strong collaborative partnership approach.”

PC Allen said: “By allowing drug misuse, supply and associated crime from your home, you are at risk of it being closed by police under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and
Policing Act.

“I urge any members of the public that if they suspect a person is being Cuckooed at a property, or dealing drugs from it, to report it to police via 101. You can do so anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

By Beth Perry 14th November 2018

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