Police close Wisbech flat that was scene of anti-social behaviour and used for drug taking

PUBLISHED: 16:59 23 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:23 02 June 2010

POLICE and partner agencies in Wisbech have succeeded in closing a flat that was used for drug taking and a source of anti-social behaviour.

An application under the 2003 Anti-social Behaviour Act at Fenland Magistrates Court on Thursday last week result

POLICE and partner agencies in Wisbech have succeeded in closing a flat that was used for drug taking and a source of anti-social behaviour.

An application under the 2003 Anti-social Behaviour Act at Fenland Magistrates' Court on Thursday last week resulted in a three month closure order on the flat in Bath Road.

The court heard evidence gathered by the local neighbourhood policing team supported by the Safer Fenland Partnership and Roddons Housing Association.

It revealed that anti-social behaviour and drug misuse in and around Bath Road was making life unpleasant for local residents.

Police carried out a drugs warrant at the address on October 9 and found the Class A drug heroin as well as cannabis.

Anyone entering the flat could receive six months' imprisonment and a fine.

Pc Kris Mueller said: "This is all part of working in partnership to tackle problems which affect the quality of life of residents.

"The residents have helped achieve this success by telling us about the problem and supporting our action."

Sgt Dave Bax said: "In the past persons subjected to significant and persistent disorder and drug dealing could not report such behaviour without being named.

"The 2003 Act allows for witnesses to provide anonymous statements with their names redacted. It is the police duty to corroborate these accounts, and put meaning to the case in court."

Joanne Hall, 44, admitted possessing both drugs when she appeared in Fenland Magistrates' Court last month.

She was given a six month supervision order and ordered to pay £85 court costs.

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