Flat boarded up by police following reports of drug use, loud music, and anti-social behaviour

A flat in Newport has been closed by police following reports of drug use and anti-social behaviour. Gwent Police said a closure order was granted in relation to the flat on Cemetery Lane, in Baneswell, at Newport Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Officers said residents reported drug use, loud music and further anti-social behaviour “at all hours” which had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of its neighbours.

The flat was boarded up on Wednesday and will be closed for three months. Linc Cymru, who own the property, said the flat will be deep cleaned before a new tenant is housed.

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Gwent Police Constable Chris Butt said: “The daily activity reported at this address including drug use/ cultivation, loud music being played and people coming and going at all hours has had a significant negative affect on the quality of life of neighbours and local residents. “We are committed to protecting and reassuring local communities, and the continuous disorderly and nuisance behaviour taking place at this address was causing significant alarm and distress to those living nearby.

“This will not be tolerated and as a result the flat will now be closed for a period of 3 months. “Following which, the property will be handed back into the care of Linc Cymru to be deep-cleaned for a new tenant. “This is just one example of the proactive and effective partnership approach we take to problem solving in the local area.”

Rachel Stevens, community empowerment manager for Linc Cymru said: “We are committed to working with our partner agencies, tenants and residents to ensure our communities are a safe and pleasant place to live. “In the current climate, a partnership approach is more important than ever. “We have provided our full support to Gwent Police in their action to bring to an end the anti-social behaviour and illegal activity that has caused distress and disturbance to the neighbouring community.

“We also hope it acts as a deterrent to others engaging in such activity.”

Gwent Police said anyone who suspects that a premises is being used for illegal activity can report it to 101, via the force’s Facebook or Twitter pages or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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