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Residents reassured following drug house closure

Officers in Bournemouth have been working together with the local community, Bournemouth Borough Council and landlords to tackle the supply of drugs in the area.

Yesterday, Thursday 6 September 2012, Boscombe officers enforced a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at a flat in Churchill Road, Boscombe.

A quantity of crack cocaine was discovered and seized from the address which resulted in a drugs house closure order being issued.

The closure order has been imposed for eight weeks from the date of issue.  Anyone found within the property before the closure order has expired will be committing an offence and will be liable to prosecution.

East Bournemouth Chief Inspector, Chris Weeks, said: “This closure – which comes as a result of partnership working between Dorset Police, Bournemouth Borough Council, and the local community – is an excellent result for the residents of Boscombe.

“Working closely with local landlords and the community clearly works.

“I urge all landlords to look closely at the activities that are conducted in and around their properties, turning a blind eye is simply unacceptable. If a tenant is suspected of using drugs or involved in the supply of drugs please contact us.

I want to send out a clear message to those who sell and use Class A drugs in Boscombe that Dorset Police will not tolerate this activity and every opportunity will be taken to seek out those involved in it.”

Boscombe Sergeant, Billy Bulloch, said: “The work we are doing to tackle drug offences in Boscombe has made an immediate and real difference to the area.

“Feedback from local residents has been very positive. That said, there is still work to be done and I would like to reassure the community that our efforts to tackle these issues will continue.

“Dorset Police will take positive action against the individuals involved in dealing drugs and connected criminality.”

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