Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police are working together to disrupt the drugs trade in Kettering by closing down properties that are being used for the supply of Class A drugs.
In recent weeks, a series of Closure Orders have been obtained by the Council for council properties in Alfred Street, Arthurs Way and New Buildings after council officers presented evidence to the court that criminal activity and associated anti-social behaviour would not stop unless the properties were closed.
Northamptonshire Police have also obtained an order for a property in Tresham Street.
Each order is valid for three months and makes it a criminal offence for any person including the tenant or occupant to enter the address.
At each court hearing, magistrates were satisfied that it was necessary to make the order so that persons engaging in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour could be prevented from entering the premises.
Where properties are owned by the Council, Kettering Borough Council is immediately making further applications to court to evict the tenants concerned.
John Conway, Head of Housing, said:
“Drug dealers and their associates have the potential to inflict serious damage on communities as well as destroy lives. Kettering Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police will not tolerate this and have taken decisive action to close down properties where the drugs trade is operating. Where we have the evidence, we will continue to do so in the future.”
Inspector Julie Mead, Northants Police said:
“People dealing drugs and committing anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on nearby residents and we are determined to tackle those people whose actions have such a detrimental impact on other people’s lives.
We have been working closely with Kettering Borough Council to gather evidence.