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Police secure closure order for 'crack den' in Newquay

Police secure closure order for 'crack den' in Newquay

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:05am 10th November 2018. (Updated at 11:52am 10th November 2018)

Police have secured a closure order on a property in Newquay, amid reports of anti-social behaviour and drug dealing.

It is in the Hawkins Road area and means anyone trying to peddle drugs will be banned.

This is part of the 'County Lines' crackdown, trying to stop criminals from up country targeting the vulnerable.

"This is an outstanding result and our community is a lot safer as a result of this Closure Order.

"Newquay police are fully aware of the dangers that Class A drugs (heroin and crack cocaine) present to our community, and combatting drug supply in the town is our main priority.

"A lot of hard work went into obtaining this Closure Order, and it would never have been achieved without a strong collaborative partnership approach".

Inspector Dave Meredith

Neighbourhood Beat Manager, PC Allen, said this is the first time police in Newquay have secured a closure order for a property.

"This has been the result of excellent partnership work between Cornwall Council ASB Teams, Ocean Housing, local Police and more importantly the local community.

"Various agencies received several reports of Anti-social behaviour, mainly drug dealing and misuse of illicit drugs, linked to 'County Lines' drug supply networks

"This Closure Order came about as It became evident that County Lines drug dealers from the North of England were targeting vulnerable people and properties to supply drugs in Newquay. This is commonly known as 'Cuckooing'.

"One of the police's main responsibilities as is with our partner agencies is to safeguard the most vulnerable in the community.

"This closure order will effectively 'ban' individuals and make it a criminal offence for them to attend and target the vulnerable at this location.

"Although this is the first Closure Order for the Newquay area, I am certain it will not be last. Cuckooing and County Lines are both national issues and are not unique to Newquay alone. However, they are a priority for Newquay Police and we aim to deter and disrupt them as much as possible.

"The successful application of this Closure Order on a residential property in Hawkins Road, Newquay is a stark warning to those people who target the vulnerable and those who deal drugs from their own home or others.

"By allowing drug misuse, supply and associated crime from your home, you are at risk of it being closed by Police under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act.

"I would urge any members of the public if they suspect a person is being Cuckooed at a property or dealing drugs from it, to report it to the police via 101.

"You can also do so anonymously via Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111".

Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Newquay, PC Allen

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