Cuckooing Case leads to Partial Closure Order

Residents, Corporate /  / Posted on 2020-02-13 00:00:00 by kimderry

Our Neighbourhood Team recently sent out a clear message that drug abuse and any associate anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in any Mount Green properties after working in partnership with Mole Valley's Safer Neighbourhoods Team to secure a three-month Closure Order on a flat in one of our properties in Leatherhead. 

Following reports of drug-related anti-social behaviour and drug dealing at the premises, a partial Closure Order was granted on Thursday 5 December at Staines Magistrates Court under Section 80 of the Antu-Social Behaviour, Crime and Disorder Act 2014. It prohibits anyone from entering the flat, apart from the resident, their immediate family and support workers. 

The resident concerned had been a victim of cuckooing, which is when a vulnerable person is coerced into allowing their property to be taken over for the purposes of selling drugs. 

Borough Sergeant Lee Wells, from the Mole Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said, "Vulnerable cuckooed residents are victims, and it's important to us that we look after them as victims. As soon as a property is identified we roll out an intensive multi-agency programme of interventions covering health, housing, social care, substance abuse services and the local authority. We want to support the victim in moving forward with their life and making the drug dealers unwelcome. If the victim chooses not to engage with the help available, we can also deploy a number of tactics to prevent the exploitation and drug dealing, and reduce the criminal behaviour and anti-social behaviour that this can bring within the community.

This Closure Order sends a clear message that drug-related anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Leatherhead. We have ongoing enquiries relating to some of the reports that we received. I’m pleased that our effective partnership working with Mount Green Housing Association and other partner agencies has secured a result that will dramatically improve the quality of life for other people living in the area and give them peace of mind. We will continue to undertake regular patrols to monitor whether any further anti-social behaviour occurs”.

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, you don't need to suffer in silence. You can call Mount Green for advice on 01372 379555 or telephone Surrey Police on 101. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress, please telephone 999.