Police close house in Weston-super-Mare used for drug dealing
PUBLISHED: 15:43 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:49 18 April 2018
A house in Weston-super-Mare which was used for drugs, drug dealing and antisocial behaviour has been closed by police.
Magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse granted the three-month closure of a house in Summerlands Road on March 16.
Neighbours had previously been subjected to loud music, people visiting the property at all times of day and night and violent incidents which had occurred at the premises.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: “We worked closely with community groups to build up a picture of the issues affecting people’s daily lives.
“Once the evidence was accumulated, we attempted to engage with the occupier, together with Alliance Homes, to offer help and support in order to prevent the property being used in this manner.
“But this help was refused and a decision was taken to proceed to court, resulting in the closure order.”
PC Simon Tamilia said: “One resident told me of their huge relief following the closure order and how they can return to a normal life.
“Another expressed their gratitude as peace had been brought back to their street.
“We will not tolerate drug dealing and antisocial behaviour in our communities and this closure is a clear example of the strengths of our partnership working within our neighbourhoods.”
Steve Zebedee, assistant director at Alliance Homes, added: “Antisocial behaviour is hugely disruptive to people’s lives and we are committed to addressing this type of behaviour.
“We are grateful to Avon and Somerset police for their support in this matter and we will continue to work in partnership with them to create safe communities.”
Police also confirmed today (Tuesday) Alliance Homes will be seeking a permanent eviction of the residents from the address.