Dorset

Closure granted for Poole 'drug house'

An authority in Poole has closed down a privately-owned property for the first time, describing it as a "drug house".

Borough of Poole and Dorset Police were granted a closure order due to its association with Class A drugs.

Ian Cooke, community services manager, said: "Those who harm Poole's communities... are not beyond our reach even in their own home."

The house in Foxholes Road, Oakdale, was also linked to persistent anti-social behaviour.

Bournemouth Magistrates' Court heard it was associated with "nuisance behaviour from the occupants and their associates that included shouting, loud music, fighting, parties".

'Excellent news'

A council spokesman said: "Criminal behaviour stemming from the property, including burglary and robbery, was also having a negative impact on neighbours."

Neighbourhood Insp Steve Horton, from Dorset Police, said: "This is excellent news for the local residents, who have endured sustained periods of anti-social behaviour, which at the core was fuelled by Class A drug use."

The order was given in November, with the property being closed until 16 February.

It is a criminal offence for anyone to enter its boundary during that time.

The court awarded the order under Part 1 Section 2 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

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