Successful closure of Hackney drugs den
A drugs den in Hackney has been boarded up following investigation from Hackney Homes, the Council’s Community Safety Unit and the Police.
Following concerns from residents, Hackney Homes Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) team discovered the use of drugs and anti-social behaviour in a property on Queensbridge Road, Hackney.
The vulnerable tenant admitted to drug use but was also taken advantage of by a local gang into using his property for drugs. The tenant's level of ASB dramatically increased over the last six weeks according to neighbours.
Residents complained of being disturbed several times a night with regular visits from the tenant’s acquaintances, hearing fights and several incidents resulting in police attendance.
Stratford Magistrates Court granted a closure notice on the premises on 14 April, which prevents the tenant from returning to the property for a minimum of three months whilst Hackney Homes pursue possession proceedings for the property.
The Police were provided with statements from four residents, as well as statements from the investigating officer to support the closure order application.
This closure will be a relief for residents who have suffered anti-social behaviour in the area, many of them being older and vulnerable residents. We are committed to tackling ASB and encourage residents to contact the team if they have ASB concerns. This was made possible by the contributions from all partners and residents.
The tenant has been moved to temporary accommodation and is currently receiving support from other agencies.