Crackdown in Chatham

On 21 April, 8 Lennox House, Cresset Road, E8 6SE was closed for three months by Operation Crackdown.
Operation Crackdown is a joint initiative between Hackney Police and Hackney Council. The team works in partnership to co-ordinate the closure of properties where suspected drug dealing and anti-social behaviour is taking place.
Chatham Safer Neighbourhoods policing team (SNT) was alerted to problems at the property by local residents, who complained of rowdy and drunken behaviour, excessive noise and harrassment and intimidation.
With the support of local residents, Gateway Housing Association and Operation Crackdown, Thames Magistrates Court granted a closure order and the property has since been secured.
PC Brash from Chatham SNT says “Local residents have been subjected to countless problems over the past year. This closure will bring peace of mind and a better way of life for those concerned."
Councillor Sophie Linden, Cabinet Member for Crime, Sustainability and Customer Services at Hackney Council, adds "This closure demonstrates that by working together – the Council, police and community – we can have a direct impact on reducing crime in Hackney and improving safety. I hope that residents living nearby now get the peace and quiet they deserve."
Anyone trying to gain access to the property during the period of closure will be in breach of the closure order, which is an offence and is liable to a fine of up to £5k and/or a maximum of six months’ imprisonment.