Judge orders South Yorkshire ‘legal highs’ shop is closed down

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A judge ordered a South Yorkshire shop to close after complaints of antisocial behaviour said to be related to the store.

Heads of Doncaster on East Laithgate was forced to close following an application by police after complaints linked to the premises.

The store sold what police term ‘novel psychoactive substances’, otherwise known as so-called ‘legal highs’, as well as various items of tobacco paraphernalia.

The closure was ordered at Doncaster Magistrates Court under new legislation, section 76 of the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

It followed a temporary 24-hour closure of the store on December 9 under the same new law.

It allows police to issue a closure notice to a store if it is believed the premises has caused or is likely to lead to nuisance to members of the public or disorder nearby.

The closure was then extended for a further 24 hours before being extended again by the courts for a further two weeks.

Police then applied to the courts for a closure order, which was granted.

Chief Inspector Jakki Hardy said: “South Yorkshire Police have been extremely concerned by the behaviour of some young people in the immediate area surrounding this shop.

“A number of businesses and members of the public have complained to us that the shop has been the catalyst of antisocial behaviour and disorder.

“Working with our colleagues at Doncaster Council, we have been able to collate evidence to assist in the closure of these premises using the new legislation.

“Antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated and we will do all we can to ensure our town remains a safe place for people to live, work and visit.”