A property in Newport has been boarded up after evidence was given to Newport Magistrates Court this morning and a 3 month closure order granted by the district Judge.
Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer, PC Paula Spence gathered evidence showing that the property in Ruperra Street, Pill has been linked to the use of Class A drugs, serious crime and disorder, prostitution and anti-social behaviour.
Evidence given today detailed how visitors constantly call at the property, looking to buy illegal drugs, with people arriving and leaving throughout the day and night, disrupting local residents.
The constant disorder and fighting has left the local community fearful for their safety as the visitors to the property are intimidating residents.
Steel shutters have been installed at the premises and during the 3 months, if anyone attempts to enter this property in contravention of the notice, they can be arrested by police.
PC Paula Spence said: ‘Reports of this nature are taken very seriously by Gwent Police. No-one should be living their lives faced with this daily intimidation and disruption. By taking action of this kind we are demonstrating that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. This closure order has allowed us to restore peace to the neighbourhood and sends a clear message that we will take positive action against anyone who continue to commit these offences ”
Anyone who suspects that a premises is being used for the supply of illegal drugs can contact Gwent Police on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.