Closure Order issued following Chester drugs raids Date published: 10th July 2015 10.51am

Officers from Chester Local Policing Unit have issued a closure order on a property in Chester following a drugs warrant.

The initial closure notice was issued at 98 Sycamore Drive, Chester, on Thursday 9th July after officers discovered drugs paraphernalia within the property when conducting a warrant at the address.

The order, which was approved at Chester Magistrates Court on Friday 10th July, means that the property will now be boarded up and the current occupants will not be able access the address until October 2015.

Chief Inspector Paul Williams from Chester LPU said: "The use of this legislation demonstrates our commitment to tackle those causing harm to the community through crime and Anti-Social Behaviour.

"The warrant at this address was conducted as part of Operation ImpACT and it reinforces the commitment that the police and partner agencies have in targeting those people that undermine our communities and bring misery to residents through their involvement in organised crime and illegal drugs."

Over the next three months regular checks of the premises will be conducted to ensure the closure notice is not breached.

The Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Police Act 2014 came into force in October 2014 and means that officers are now able to apply for closure orders at premises where somebody is, or has been, causing distress or nuisance.

Chief Inspector Williams added: "Information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related crime. We would urge anyone with any information in relation to drug use and supply in your community to get in touch on 101, or alternatively information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.