A Faversham flat has received a Closure Order after repeated incidents of antisocial behaviour were reported to Kent Police.
Since October 2019 officers were called to the flat in St Nicholas Road, Faversham, after concerns were raised over drug supply, fights and harassment. Despite the regular visits, and an arrest being made for suspected drug dealing offences, the flat continued to attract disorderly behaviour resulting officers applying for a Closure Order.
The order was granted at Margate Magistrates’ Court on Friday 18 September 2020. It will remain in place for three months and prohibits anyone from attending or living in the address, with the only exception being the landlord and authorised contractors.
Failure to comply with the order risks arrest, imprisonment and/ or an unlimited fine.
Inspector Joel Mitchell, of Kent Police’s Swale Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Officers have been regularly called to the property to tackle issues surrounding antisocial behaviour and drug use. Repeated efforts were made to engage with those at the property yet the behaviour continued.
‘Removing people from their home is not a step that is taken lightly, however in this instance residents were having to live with constant disruption and it could not be allowed to continue.
‘I am confident the community will benefit from this order and I would encourage anyone affected by similar issues to report them to us via our website or by calling 101.’