Police granted partial closure notice this year to tackle drug problems in town - the 17th this year

By Ben Fitzgerald - 12 August 2019


Police have been granted a partial closure notice at an address in Sackville Close in a bid to tackle drug related activity and anti-social behaviour.

The closure notice is now in place for three months and was granted by Swindon Magistrates due to ongoing concerns from residents.

The closure notice means that anyone other than the resident named on the notice is prohibited from entering the property, and by doing so, they could be committing an offence and may be arrested. 

It will continue to further protect the occupant, as well as local residents, from the anti-social behaviour and violence often associated with drug activity.

The order was sought after two men were located in the address yesterday, resulting in one man being arrested and later charged. Christopher Bonner, 49, of Dennis Street, has since been charged with possession of a class B drug and is due in Swindon Magistrates Court on September 4. 

Acting Sergeant Paul Bezzant said: "We are continuing to work with our partners at Swindon Borough Council and will respond to concerns from residents. This order allows us to also protect the wider community from the associated anti-social behaviour. 

"To date, this is the seventeenth order granted in Swindon by the Magistrates this year and all have been extremely effective in reducing drug activity and anti-social behaviour. 

"We will continue to effectively use these court orders to protect vulnerable people, as well as provide reassure to our communities."

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