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Property linked to drug activity closed


We have successfully obtained a closure order for an address in Livingstone Walk, Hemel Hempstead.  

On Thursday 12 April St Albans Magistrates' Court ruled in favour of the closure following historical complaints of drug use and anti-social behaviour at the premises.

Executing a warrant issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act at the address in March 2018, police seized an amount of class A drugs and cash stored at the property. During the visit, there were a number of visitors at the address allegedly attempting to purchase drugs. Two men were arrested by police and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

There had been reports of regular visitors to the premises to use and purchase drugs day and night. People also tried to force entry to the block of flats, which put neighbours’ safety at risk. Because of this forced entry, there had been reports of rough sleepers in the communal areas outside the premises and of a visitor’s dog urinating in the communal areas. Despite previous warnings, the behaviour continued.

Cllr Janice Marshall, Portfolio Holder for Environmental, Sustainability and Regulatory Services, said, “This is the third drugs-related closure order our Anti-Social Behaviour Team have obtained in the past few months. We, along with the Police, work with vulnerable people to get them support with drug and alcohol addictions. But if the support is refused, and their anti-social behaviour continues to have a detrimental effect, we take action to close premises for the benefit of local residents and the community.”

The premises will remain closed for three months and we will take action against the tenant in respect of his tenancy.

You can report anti-social behaviour to us via our website. In an emergency, please call the Police on 999.