Closure orders granted on flats in Bury St Edmunds following drug related criminality

Bury St Edmunds Safer Neighbourhood Team officers have recently been successful in obtaining two closures orders at Britten Place Flats.

The closure orders were brought about through partnership work between the Police, Havebury Housing Partnership and West Suffolk Council in response to persistent anti-social behaviour and drug related criminality taking place at the two addresses.

Photographs of SNT officers and Haverbury staff implementing the closures are attached – Credit Suffolk Police

The orders, granted by Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 24 February under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, prevent the tenants from living at those addresses initially for a period of three months. It also bans anyone else from being there, other than those deemed as requiring access, such as Havebury Housing Partnership.

Inspector John Murray, Locality Inspector for Bury St Edmunds, said: “Such actions are a last resort, but we have a duty and are prepared to act in response to complaints of anti-social behaviour which have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for those residents affected.

“Havebury Housing Partnership and Suffolk Police carried out joint reassurance visits to all the residents in the block and the wider community, who all expressed relief that the individuals had been removed and were fully supportive of police action.”