A property linked to drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in Ramsgate has been made the subject of a closure order following a successful court application by Kent Police.
The order regarding the flat in Melbourne Avenue was submitted after an investigation by Thanet Community Safety Unit and was heard at Margate Magistrates’ Court on 23 December 2020. It was served on 5 January 2021 and will remain in place for up to three months, banning anyone including the previous tenant from accessing the flat during that time, or they risk arrest.
A number of issues had been recorded at the address over the past year, such as drugs being thrown out of windows and visitors at all hours of the day. Local residents had also been subjected to threats of violence and intimidation.
Warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act were carried out at the flat in April and August 2020, where drugs were recovered. During the second warrant officers found a metal barrier had been constructed inside to prevent anyone accessing the front door. Weapons were also recovered, including a cosh made from a sock filled with metal nuts. A 40-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, and remain under investigation.
Thanet CSU Inspector Alex Tyler said: ‘The evidence we provided showed this address had clearly been causing upset to the surrounding community. To have to live close to a property which is at the heart of nuisance behaviour is unacceptable so we will always look to take action where appropriate. Residents and business owners should not feel helpless when confronted with such a situation, and I encourage anyone who finds themselves experiencing something similar to report it to police.’