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Police win court consent to board up and close Wisbech house for 3 months

The closure order is in place until 28 July

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A Wisbech house has been closed by police following concerns by neighbours and residents about anti-social behaviour and drug use. The full closure order was served on 42 Edinburgh Drive on Monday following a successful application at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court by the local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT).

“The order came as a result of a high volume of community concerns around the anti-social behaviour associated with frequent drug use and drug dealing at the premises,” said a spokesperson for Cambridgeshire police.

42 Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, getting the full closure works

42 Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, getting the full closure works

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42 Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, getting the full closure works

42 Edinburgh Drive, Wisbech, getting the full closure works

“NPT officers who visited the house reported extensive damage done to the exterior and interior, as well as offensive weapons being found inside.”

The order, which is in place until 28 July, states the property is closed to everyone, including the legal tenant, with the exception of employees of Clarion Housing Association, Cambridgeshire County Council, and the emergency services.

Failure to comply with the order is a criminal offence which could result in imprisonment for up to three months, a fine, or both.

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PC Matt Smart, from Wisbech’s NPT, said: “Despite the ongoing work that the neighbourhood team have been doing to tackle the issues at the address, the problem was still persisting so further action had to be taken in the form of a full closure order.

“I hope that the closure shows the residents that we are listening to their concerns, and we will be monitoring the address to ensure that any breaches will be swiftly dealt with.”

Astonishingly the then (right) photo of 42 Edinburgh Drive was taken just 2 years ago. On the left is what it looks like after police were given court permission to close it and board it up. PHOTO: Google and Cambs Police

Astonishingly the then (right) photo of 42 Edinburgh Drive was taken just 2 years ago. On the left is what it looks like after police were given court permission to close it and board it up. PHOTO: Google and Cambs Police

Anyone with information about the order being breached should contact police via the web chat service or online forms at https://www.cambs.police.uk/report.

Those without internet access should call 101.

 

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