A property blighted by drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in the Harehills area of Leeds has been shut down by council officials and police.
After a join operation by the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT) and West Yorkshire Police, a closure order was secured at Leeds Magistrates’ Court for 29 Darfield Road.
At the hearing, the court heard that earlier in the year, the property was subject to a raid by the police which resulted in the seizure of 360 bags of cannabis and £2,400 in cash. This action was taken in response to concerns that were raised regarding the illegal activity of individuals living at the home.
As part of the closure order, 29 Darfield Road will now be closed for up to six weeks. In that time, no one other than the landlord and agreed contractors will be allowed to access the property during that time, the council said.
“Anti-social behaviour is a blight on our communities, and residents can be assured that with partners we will use every tool at our disposal to put a stop to it,” said Councillor Debra Coupar, the city council’s executive member responsible for the Safer Leeds initiative.
“I am pleased therefore that through the courts with the police we have been able to secure a Closure Order for this property in Harehills which become a hub for a variety of illegal and anti-social activity.
“Nobody should suffer in silence, and I would urge anyone who is suffering from any type of anti-social behaviour to please contact our LASBT team.”
Superintendent Sam Millar, who heads Safer Leeds, added: “The issues created by the drug-dealing activities centred on this property were really badly affecting the lives of people living in the area.
“The granting of this closure order will give real support to the ongoing partnership work we have been doing to address the issues there and we hope residents will see significant improvements. “We will continue to monitor the situation in this area and take appropriate action to make sure these issues are not just displaced elsewhere.”
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