Police shut down drugs den

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Police enforced a closure order at a St Helens property following a drugs raid.

Officers executed a warrant in Creswell Street on Tuesday (March 31) and issued the occupant with a temporary closure notice.

Police then obtained a three-month closure order from St Helens Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday, April 2).

Neighbourhood inspector David Brennan said: “We can confirm that a closure order has been put in place at a property in Creswell Street. The order was applied for by police following numerous calls from the community regarding persistent drug-related activity, nuisance calls and complaints of anti-social behaviour.

“The order was today approved by a local magistrate. This now means the occupant cannot reside at this address. Such orders prohibit access to the premises in an effort to reduce the level of crime.

“The order will run for three months, after which time officers will review the order.”

Inspector Brennan added: “This property was connected to the recent increase in disorder and anti-social behaviour around the town centre. This is the third address we have closed in the last week and we will continue to target offenders and those causing problems for the community using all lawful powers available to us to make St Helens a safer place to live.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we will continue to be robust in tackling criminal activity and I would encourage people to call us with information via the 101 number or through Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.”