Closure order granted on Darlington home

Closure order granted on Darlington home
12 June 2019

Darlington Borough Council’s Community Safety Team has secured a closure order on a property in the town after suspected drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

Darlington Magistrates’ Court granted the premises closure order on the property in Harrison Terrace on Wednesday 29 May.

The property has now been boarded up and is closed for three months under the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Crime and Policing Act 2014 – meaning no one can enter the house for this period and anyone who breaches this will be arrested.

The council’s Community Safety Team sought the order after investigating reports of possible drug dealing and extensive anti-social behaviour at the privately rented residence.

By granting the order it means the court was satisfied the necessary criteria, such as criminal, disorderly or offensive behaviour has, or may, take place in the house.

Councillor Jonathan Dulston, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Community Safety, said:

“Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Darlington, so if there is suspected drug-related activity or continuing anti-social behaviour from your home you could be the next target.

“Our Civic Enforcement Officers, part of the Community Safety Team, work very closely with officers from Durham Police and other partners in a targeted way to ensure our local communities do not have to endure anti-social behaviour and the negative impact it has on their quality of life.”

Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood can contact the Civic Enforcement Team on 01325 406999, email [email protected] or call the Durham Police non-emergency number 101.