Police close two drug dens in Bedford

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Police have closed two suspected drug dens in Bedford this week thanks to information received from the community.

Officers executed drug warrants at the properties in Chandos Court and Harpur Street, on Wednesday December 9.

Although no drugs were found, evidence of drug use was found at both addresses.

The force also secured three-month closure notices for both properties at Luton Magistrates’ Court under s80 of the Anti-Social behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014, which means they will both remain closed until March 10, 2016 preventing further activity.

Sergeant Melissa Cunningham, who led the operation, said: “Both properties were a concern for residents, and we’re grateful to them for passing on intelligence which allowed us to investigate.

“We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour and we continue to work closely with our partner agencies to protect our communities and disrupt criminal activity.”

PCSO Ian Bevis-Mott, who worked alongside Sergeant Cunningham on securing the closure, said: “PCSOs have notified residents who are delighted with the result. The introduction of the anti-social behaviour legislation means we now have the powers to apply for a Closure Order at court, to shut down the premises and put a stop to this behaviour.”

Anyone with any information relating to criminal activity in their area should call police on 101 or text information to 07786 200011. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.