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Sutton property closed by Council and Police

Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Police have obtained a Closure Order on a property on Warnadene Road, Sutton.

The Council’s Community Safety Team and the Neighbourhood Policing Team obtained the order following numerous reports from members of public about criminal activity and reports of violence from the address.

Following numerous inspections of the property, zombie knives, Class A and Class B drugs, and drug paraphernalia were found.

On 15 December 2022, the order was approved at Mansfield Magistrates Court meaning that the property will be closed for a period of three months. The order prohibits any persons from entering the property including the occupiers. Any breaches of the order would be an offence and would be liable for imprisonment and/or a fine.

Councillor Helen-Ann Smith, Ashfield District Council, Executive Lead Member for Community Safety and Crime Reduction, said

“This property was having a detrimental impact on the local community. Ward Councillor for Leamington - Sarah Madigan, and I received reports of issues within this area and reported them to the Council and Police to ensure enforcement action was taken. This case demonstrates the benefits of partnership working between the Council and the Police, and how we are working to improve the local area.
“The Community Safety Partnership has secured over £1.3 million worth of funding to invest in preventing crime and anti-social behaviour across the District through the Safer Streets Fund and Safer4All Fund.’’

Antonio Taylor, Community Safety Manager for Ashfield District Council, added:

“This is a fantastic result for the local community who should not have to put up with this type of behaviour. I am glad action has been taken to address the issues so that residents within the area do not continue to suffer over the festive period’’

Inspector Jon Hewitt, district commander for Ashfield, said:

“This property had unfortunately become a magnet for violence and drug-related crime and disorder and we were very regularly being called by concerned local residents.
“It was frankly an intolerable situation that was having a huge negative impact on people living nearby.
“Working with our council colleagues we have recently secured closure orders against other local addressed and will continue to take such action in the future.
“Nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of our residents, so when people persistently act in a way that upsets others or places them at risk, we will not hesitate to take action.”