Anti-social behaviour, Plymouth
Police and council operation successfully shuts down problem “hubs”
Police have collaborated with Plymouth City Council to crack-down on anti-social behaviour hubs in the city.
Between Monday 10 February and Friday 14 February, Plymouth Neighbourhood Policing Teams in conjunction with the Plymouth City Council Safer Communities Team, led by Senior Community Connections Officer Nicky Weale, utilised powers under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to issue five 48-hour closure notices on problem premises identified by the teams.
As part of Operation Leglike, the closures targeted properties which were hubs for anti-social behaviour and drug related activity, or were suspected of being addresses used by County Lines drug operations.
Four out of the five 48-hour closure notices progressed to full closures.
All four properties in Keat Street, Woodville Road, Kinnard Crescent and Embankment Road have now been closed for a period of three months.
Councillor Sally Haydon, cabinet member for Safer Communities, said: “In Plymouth we work hard to protect our communities. Our teams target the offenders and utilise a variety of disruption tactics such as the premises closure order.
“Operation Leglike has been a great success born from great partnership working in the city. I will continue to support the use of powers across our city to protect all of our residents.”
Detective Inspector Paul Weymouth, added: “This has been a successful partnership operation and we hope the positive outcome will put the minds of those in the affected communities at rest.
“The full closures have allowed the affected communities respite the anti-social behaviour, intimidation and misery they have had to endure as a result of the activities at the addresses, in some cases, for years.
“We would urge residents of the city to continue to report anti-social behaviour to the police, local authority or housing providers, so that together we can target other problem locations for the benefit of all those who suffer from others’ inconsiderate and often criminal behaviour.”
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