Police SHUT city centre apartment in Sheffield after fed-up neighbours complain about drugs
A closure order has been served on an apartment in Sheffield city centre after more than 50 complaints about drugs at the property in 18 months.
South Yorkshire Police sought the closure order for the apartment at Jet Centro on St Mary’s Road after concerns about drug dealing were raised in the local community.
Inspector Alison Bywater said: “For the last 18 months, this apartment has been at the centre of concerns about drug supply, anti-social behaviour, public nuisance and disorder.
“People living nearby have told officers they are fearful of what happens at and around the address, which is not acceptable.
“My team has been building up evidence over recent months and has now successfully secured a closure order for the address, which will be in place for a month. This will then be reviewed with a view to extending it for three more months.”
A closure order means that no-one other than the occupant and approved agencies can enter. The order is monitored by various agencies including the police.
Insp Bywater added: “I know there might be concerns about compliance with this order, but I want to reassure people that my team will be actively monitoring what is happening at the location.
“Regular patrols are already in place around this area, but PCSOs and officers will be keeping a close eye on the address. I hope that this order will be well received by people in the area and I’d urge them to get in touch if they have any further concerns.”