Police close Hastings property

Police at the property
Police at the property

Hastings police have used new anti-social behaviour powers to close a property in Cornwallis Terrace.

The privately let flat was closed in response to numerous reports of drug taking, dealing from the premises and the discarding of used needles in the road outside.

Police placed the closure notice on the property on Wednesday (July 29) and it is the second closure under the new powers to be granted in Hastings and St Leonards.

Notice was served on the tenant and landlord on Wednesday and the property was boarded up today (Friday, July 31).

The application, under Section 76 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, was presented in Hastings Magistrates Court today.

The magistrate authorised closure for the maximum period of three months.

Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings District Commander, said: “We will not tolerate this type of activity within Hastings and St Leonards. With the support of the community we have responded immediately and gone to court to get this closure order authorised. Police have now regained possession of the premises to ensure that the residents no longer have to suffer this type of anti-social behaviour.”

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