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Drugs den closed under police legal order

Written by on 11/10/2020

Police have won a legal order to close down a building in Burngreave which had been linked to drug abuse and other problems.

It means that anyone who enters is now open to arrest, giving police instant powers to solve any future problems there.

Closure orders need to be authorised by the courts and South Yorkshire Police ‘s Burngreave Neighbourhood Team worked for weeks to gather the evidence they put before Sheffield Magistrates.

In addition to concerns about drug use, police also suspected prostitution was taking place and there had been complaints of anti-social behaviour linked to the address.

After the closure notice was granted, the Burngreave team led by PC Chelsea Shirt removed people who were present at the property and helped to make it secure.

Closure notices were also put up, warning of the consequences for anyone who ignores the ruling.

Policing in Burngreave has been changed recently, with a neighbourhood team which once covered a wider area split to allow some officers to focus attention on a smaller area.

That was made possible by the recruitment of extra officers by South Yorkshire Police, using funds made available by both the government and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings.