Magistrates grant Hampshire Police order to shut down drugs den on Isle of Wight

Police shut down crack house

Police shut down crack house

First published in News

Poilce have shut down a house they believe was being used as a crack den.

Officers have now officially closed a property in Shanklin after a Crack House Closure Order was granted by magistrates on the Isle of Wight.

Yestereday, Isle of Wight Magistrates issued a closure order against 132 Regent Street in Shanklin, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

The order means that no-one can enter the property for three months, and during this time, it is a criminal offence for anyone to enter the address unless authorised by police.

Southern Housing now intend to apply for full repossession of the property before the order expires.

Sergeant Paul Jennings, of the Safer Neighbourhoods and Partnership team said: “It’s very uncommon that we have to apply for any premises to be closed using this specific legislation on the island.

" I would like to thank all of the residents who came forward to assist us with this legal process. They showed real courage and will now be able to benefit from a quality of life that we all deserve”

The property is owned by Southern Housing Group, whose Isle of Wight Regional Director Paul Cotton said, “It was pleasing to see local police officers working alongside Southern Housing Group’s Anti-social Behaviour Team to secure the closure.

"This property’s closure keeps local residents safe and demonstrates the value of partnership working within the community”

Chief Inspector Nick Heelan said: "This is further evidence of Isle of Wight Police working with other partners to address drug related issues that effect law-abiding residents and neighbours."

Anyone with information should contact their local Safer Neighbourhoods team in confidence on 101.

Information can be left anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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12:06pm Thu 6 Dec 12

ToastyTea says...

Well done, push the crack heads onto the streets.
Well done, push the crack heads onto the streets. ToastyTea
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12:43pm Thu 6 Dec 12

peenut81 says...

No mention of assistance for the users.
Still one less 'drug den' is a great headline and PR for the old bill though.
Hasn't resolved the issue of crack use though as it?
No mention of assistance for the users. Still one less 'drug den' is a great headline and PR for the old bill though. Hasn't resolved the issue of crack use though as it? peenut81
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12:58pm Thu 6 Dec 12

bemused26 says...

For goodness sake! What is wrong with people today?! If they had left the place and not done anything about it they'd be berated for it. Personally I'm happy that they are shutting down crack dens. It's not the police responsibility to offer 'assistance' to the users.
For goodness sake! What is wrong with people today?! If they had left the place and not done anything about it they'd be berated for it. Personally I'm happy that they are shutting down crack dens. It's not the police responsibility to offer 'assistance' to the users. bemused26
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2:15pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Subject48 says...

calm down, no need to have a crack at them.
calm down, no need to have a crack at them. Subject48
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5:00pm Thu 6 Dec 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

used to be a stick of rock ,now they smoke it.
used to be a stick of rock ,now they smoke it. arthur dalyrimple
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6:58pm Thu 6 Dec 12

gazdance says...

peenut81 wrote:
No mention of assistance for the users.
Still one less 'drug den' is a great headline and PR for the old bill though.
Hasn't resolved the issue of crack use though as it?
There is plenty of "assistance" for the users, most of whom are only too happy to take it - unless it involves actually making the effort to get off of drugs.

Where do you think they get clean needles?
[quote][p][bold]peenut81[/bold] wrote: No mention of assistance for the users. Still one less 'drug den' is a great headline and PR for the old bill though. Hasn't resolved the issue of crack use though as it?[/p][/quote]There is plenty of "assistance" for the users, most of whom are only too happy to take it - unless it involves actually making the effort to get off of drugs. Where do you think they get clean needles? gazdance
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9:02pm Thu 6 Dec 12

beiroot says...

When I saw the headline" POLICE SHUT DOWN CRACK HOUSE" my immediate thoughts were that they closed the Kiss club.
When I saw the headline" POLICE SHUT DOWN CRACK HOUSE" my immediate thoughts were that they closed the Kiss club. beiroot
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9:39am Fri 7 Dec 12

rich the stitch says...

Instead of closing it down, why not wait for it to have a few users inside and burn it down?
Instead of closing it down, why not wait for it to have a few users inside and burn it down? rich the stitch
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5:56pm Sun 9 Dec 12

kingnotail says...

They always say the Isle of Wight is stuck in the 1950s, but the presence of a crackhouse shows that they have at least reached the 1980s..
They always say the Isle of Wight is stuck in the 1950s, but the presence of a crackhouse shows that they have at least reached the 1980s.. kingnotail
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