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Watford property linked to drug crime and anti-social behavior subject to closure order

Police and partners have successfully secured a closure order on a property in Watford, previously linked to drug crime and anti-social behavior.

The address on Latimer Close is now off-limits for three months following a hearing at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 4 April.

This outcome follows collaborative efforts between police, Watford Borough Council, and Sanctuary Housing Association. This means nearby residents will have further respite from the drug crime and anti-social behavior that was disrupting their lives.

The order was initially obtained due to sustained reports of anti-social behavior and drug dealing. It prohibits all persons from remaining on or entering the address, except for emergency services or housing representatives.

Inspector Dan Jones, from the Watford Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We and our partners are delighted to have achieved a three-month closure order on this property, which is the fourth live closure currently in place across Watford.

“We continue to work together to improve the quality of life for our residents, because no one should have to endure living close to those who commit crime and chronic anti-social behaviour.

“Proactive intervention such as this is vital to protect the vulnerable members of our community, bring offenders to justice and rid our streets of illegal drugs and weapons. We hope this latest development shows that we are committed to doing everything in our power to prevent violence and criminality from blighting our communities.”

If you suspect drug-related crime in your local area, report it online, via online web chat or by calling the non-emergency number 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.