Drug house sealed off in police 'safety' move

FOR the first time in Sedgemoor, a drug den in Burnham has been closed down in a bid to tackle drug dealing and antisocial behaviour. Flats 1, 1A, and 2 at 40-42 Abingdon Street have been closed for three months by Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on Marc

FOR the first time in Sedgemoor, a drug den in Burnham has been closed down in a bid to tackle drug dealing and antisocial behaviour. Flats 1, 1A, and 2 at 40-42 Abingdon Street have been closed for three months by Taunton Deane Magistrates Court on March 21. A Burnham trader, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: "We used to see people in and out of there all the time, at all hours of the day. It isn't a good advert for the town. I think the closure is an excellent idea, it's just a shame it isn't permanent."I don't know anyone who would walk down Abingdon Street on their own at night. Even during the day it isn't a particularly nice area. Perhaps now we will notice an improvement." The closure order was made under the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003. Police say the premises were found to be connected with unlawful use, production or supply of a Class-A drug, and disorder or serious nuisance.Under the order, no-one must enter or remain on the premises unless they have been allowed to do so by a special constable. Sergeant Ian Kennett, of Burnham police, said: "We want to make the neighbourhood a safer place. I want to send a strong message to any drug dealers that they will not be tolerated in Burnham or Highbridge. "Residents should not be put in fear for their safety. This is the first time this type of action has been taken in Burnham and I hope it will show the community that we listen to their concerns and will work with them to tackle antisocial behaviour."Police have urged anyone with information about drug crime to come forward and speak to an officer in confidence. To report an incident call the police on 0845 456 7000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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