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Closure orders secured at cuckooed addresses in Northampton

08 April 2024

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Two closure orders have been secured at addresses in Northampton after they were suspected to have been cuckooed.

The first of these orders was secured at an address in Pendle Road, Northampton, on March 13, and the second was secured on March 28 at an address in Latymer Court, Northampton.

Both addresses were targeted by Northamptonshire Police and West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) via a joint operation after a number of reports that the occupants of both properties were being cuckooed by known drug users.

'Cuckooing' is a crime in which drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base.

Reports made by local residents regarding both properties involved concerns for the vulnerable tenants, the increase in anti-social behaviour around the properties, and increased incidents of suspected drug dealing and drug use.

Both closure orders will be in place for three months with no one except the resident, the Council, and the emergency services allowed inside the property.

Since the closure order was issued, two men have been charged in connection with breaching it. 

“I am pleased that we have managed to secure these closure orders as they protect the vulnerable residents and make the general area a nicer place to live for everyone else.

“Tackling cuckooing is really important to us as neighbourhood policing officers and I’d like to thank the local communities in both of these areas who provided us with the information we needed to obtain these orders.

“If you have any concerns about problem addresses in your local area, please contact us. Although it may seem like nothing is happening following your initial report, please know that behind the scenes, the team will be putting together a plan to tackle the issues.”
PC Grace Manwaring
“Through a great partnership effort we have been able to work with the police to take positive action against cuckooing and prevent any further anti-social behaviour at these properties.

“These Orders will make a huge difference to the quality of life for local residents while serving as a reminder to people that anti-social behaviour in any form will not be tolerated in West Northamptonshire.”
Cllr David Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services


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