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Islington crack dens shutdown after social landlord takes action

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Housing, Legal, Local Government

Islington crack dens shutdown after social landlord takes action Islington crack dens shutdown after social landlord takes action

Two suspected crack dens in Islington have been closed down after a social landlord took action.

Circle 33 Housing Trust and Islington Council worked with the police to secure Drug Closure Orders (DCOs) on the Finsbury Park properties.

The steps were taken after local people voiced concerns about drug-taking at the flats on Seven Sisters Road and Williamson Street.

Neil Brown, managing director of Circle 33, said: "We are pleased to be working in partnership with the police and local authority to keep the community safe and secure for all Islington residents."

The police have already arrested three men at the Seven Sisters Road flat for breaching the DCO.

Sergeant Paul Cruise, from Finsbury Park Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: "The tenacity of local residents and the council must be praised.

"We were able, through partnership work, to gather enough evidence together to secure a closure order on these addresses that had blighted the local community with their anti-social activity. Anyone caught breaching these orders will be prosecuted.

"Residents in this area should be reassured that we take all reports of crime and anti-social behaviour seriously and will act on any information received."

Cllr Paul Convery, the council's executive member for community safety, added: "We're on the side of residents and working closely with police to crack down on crime and antisocial behaviour.

"Drug-taking at these addresses has been a nightmare for the local community and we’re pleased the court supported these orders.

"We won't put up with drug abuse blighting residents' lives and we will take action to clean up our community."

Drug Closure Orders prevent access to a property to stop crime and antisocial behaviour for people living nearby and giving time for landlords to repossess the properties.

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