Heanor home closed after drug fears

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A Heanor house has been closed for three months after the residents were suspected of anti-social, criminal and drug related activity.

The closure order was issued for the property on Broadway during a hearing at Derby magistrates' court at the end of last month.

The case was brought before the court by Amber Valley Borough Council after work by the Heanor and Loscoe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team and Futures Homes Group with the residents to try and target the issues and improve the situation had failed.

Future Homes Group, a housing association, will now take back possession of the building.

Inspector Pat Howitt, of the Amber Valley Local Policing Unit, said: "A number of drug warrants were also executed at that address at the time of this order, which has led to some arrests and charges.

"We supported the council in this action and, within a week, anti-social behaviour in this area has reduced and we hope the closure will improve the lives of other residents and the local community."

Insp Howitt added: "Our officers will continue to actively work with partners to target anti-social behaviour, crime or drug related activity and I would urge anyone with concerns to report them to the police on 101 so that we can investigate and take appropriate action where necessary."