Court orders closure of suspected Bicester drugs house

Drugs house closure
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Police have closed a suspected drugs house in Bicester 
following the discovery of a large amount of class ‘A’ drugs.

The order, issued by Oxford magistrates last Thursday, was carried out by Thames Valley Police at an address in Lyneham Road in the town.

The house has been closed for three months and the occupants removed.

Bicester Neighbourhood Policing Team were granted the order following reports of drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

PC James Elton commended residents for their courage in speaking out.

He said: “The residents of Lyneham Road deserve credit for their willingness to step forward and make statements and we have worked closely with them to provide reassurance in a time of uncertainty.”

The closure is the result of targeted police investigations including warrants and a number of witness statements given by local residents.

PC Elton said: “This drugs house closure is the result of the hard work by the Bicester neighbourhood team, Cherwell ASB (anti-social behaviour) officer and the residents of Lyneham Road.

“Working together, we have been successful in removing the occupants of the property, bringing with it a sense of great relief to the local community who have suffered for a long period of time.”

Orders of this kind can be issued under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act when premises are suspected to have been used in connection with the use, production or supply of class ‘A’ drugs, the premises are associated with disorder or serious nuisance to the public and to prevent such disorder from happening again.

Thames Valley Police hopes the closure sends out the message to others that the Bicester community will not tolerate drugs houses and the neighbourhood policing team will act swiftly to close down these kind of premises.