Police shut down drug hub

PCSO Jo Longstaff puts the closure sign on the door

8 November 2013

A Norwich home used as a hub for illegal drug activity has been
shut down.

The Ebenezer Place flat has been a blight on the community for
two years with police receiving numerous calls from residents
concerned about anti-social behaviour.

Officers have carried out several drugs warrants at the property
over the last three months, while also addressing concerns about
noise nuisance.

In response to the concerns, local officers worked with the
constabulary s Operational Partnership Team and the council s
anti-social behaviour and tenancy enforcement (ABATE) team to seek
a closure order under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

The team attended Norwich Magistrates Court on Wednesday 6
November where the order was granted for three months.

PCSO Jo Longstaff, from the Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood
Team, applied for the order and attended the court hearing.

She said: I have worked in this area for the past two years and
there have been problems associated with this address for a long
time, causing misery for other residents not just of Ebenezer Place
but of the surrounding streets.

Over a period of time warrants have been executed and drugs
seized, and we were able to gather sufficient evidence for this
order to be made today.

Councillor Bert Bremner, cabinet member for housing, said: We
will not tolerate unacceptable behaviour that blights the lives of
others and this action should serve as a clear warning to those who
persist in making other peoples lives a misery.

No one should have to put up with a situation like this in
their community and we will always work together with partner
agencies to take robust action where we can.”

If you have any information about illegal drug activity in your
area or have concerns, contact your local safer neighbourhood team
by calling the non-emergency number 101.

Residents affected by issues of anti-social behaviour can
contact Norwich City Council on 0344 980 3333.

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