Police shut down ‘drugs den’

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Police have slapped a closure order on a flat in St Helens following a number of drug-related incidents at the property.

The address targeted by officers is flat one inside Cooper House in Union Street and the order was made last Thursday (July 16).

Insp David Brennan of St Helens police said: “The order was applied for by police following a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, disorder and drug related activity involving groups of males and females.

“The order was approved by a local magistrate and the occupant has been evicted by the landlord.

“Such orders prohibit access to the premises in an effort to reduce the level of crime reported in the area and we have worked closely with the private landlord in agreeing this measure.

“The order will run for two weeks to allow the landlord to find a suitable tenant.

“This property was connected to the recent increase in disorder and ASB around the town centre. We will not tolerate this behaviour and these orders show that we are using, and will continue to use, all lawful means to target these problems and make St Helens town centre safer.

“This was only possible due to the assistance of the local community and the close working relationship between St Helens Police and private landlords.

“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 via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”