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Closure issued on Kettering flat following complaints of drug misuse

Published: Thursday, 23rd November 2017

It's the fifth closure order the issued this year as the Council takes action on drugs

Kettering Borough Council, working with Northamptonshire Police, has successfully applied to the Magistrates Court for a closure order for a flat in Grafton Street, Kettering following complaints of drug dealing.

The closure order for the property was granted by Northampton Magistrates’ Court on 16 November. The order is valid for three months and makes it a criminal offence for any person, including the tenant, to enter the address.

The Magistrates were satisfied that making the order was necessary in order to prevent local residents and a nearby school having to suffer from the high levels of criminal activity and associated anti-social behaviour that had been taking place in the local area.

The Council will be making a further court application to evict the tenant from the property.

John Conway, Head of Housing said: “This is the fifth closure order that the Council has obtained this year and shows that Kettering Borough Council does not hesitate to take decisive action against drug dealers and other people engaged in criminal activity where there are the grounds to do so.”