Anti-social behaviour team takes action in Camborne and Newquay and secures closure orders

Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team in partnership with Devon & Cornwall Police, have successfully taken action on behalf of local residents to close down two properties in Camborne and Newquay, following recent closures in Penzance and St Ives. 

The orders are part of a continued crack down on anti-social behaviour and a demonstration of the authority’s commitment to create safer communities.

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The first closure granted was for a house in William Street in Camborne which has been described as a central location for both the use and dealing of drugs.  Complaints included large groups of people at the property, threatening behaviour with loud arguments and disturbances.

Drug users and dealers frequented the property at all hours of the day and night leaving surrounding residents in fear for their safety. On one occasion, the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to attend an incident at the address but Officers were met with threats of violence preventing them from accessing the property.

Dorian Thomas from Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team said: “Due to the ongoing behaviours of the tenant and associates, the property has become a catalyst for ongoing community tensions caused by visitors to the address. The escalation of anti-Social behaviour, misuse of alcohol & drugs and crimes from the address has caused great concern for those living around the property.

“Local residents have been afraid to come forward in fear of retribution, intimidation and threats from the visitors.  The closure order is essential for the community to return to a normal quality of life.”

PC Geoff Streatfield from Camborne Police added:  “I am pleased to say that Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police have again been successful in the use of current legislation and have obtained another premises closure. The place in question has been the centre of continued and prolonged disturbance and anti-social behaviour which has had an adverse and prolonged effect on the local community.

“This closure, along with others that have being obtained shows that all agencies and the Courts are taking these reports seriously. I must stress though that these measures are only implemented as a last resort and after all other attempts at positive interventions have been exhausted with failure of the tenant to engage.”

The second closure was granted for a property in Hawke Close, Newquay. The closure order was applied for as the tenant continued to ignore previous warnings to stop people using his address for the purpose of taking and dealing drugs leading to persistent and ongoing disorder. The successful application of the Closure Order will safeguard the local residents by providing a much needed respite.

Inspector Dave Meredith from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “I am delighted at the court’s decision to issue a full closure order on these premises. This legislation is not used lightly, and the case was only taken to court due to compelling evidence of drug misuse and anti-social behaviour linked to the address. Class A drug supply and use will always be dealt with robustly by Newquay police.

“The issue of this full closure order reflects the outstanding partnership work that has taken place between the police, Cornwall Council, LiveWest Housing and local residents. Hawke Close, Crantock Street and the surrounding area are a lot safer now this property has been closed. We will continue to target drug dealers and premises involved in drug misuse, and work with our community to make Newquay a safer place for all.”

Residents are encouraged to report anti-social behaviour to the police by using the 101 number or by emailing 101@dc.police.uk

Posted on 14 February