Joint op in Edgware shuts down hub for crime

Trouble makers kicked out after string of nuisance behaviour and drug dealing.

A property on Orchard Grove, Edgware has been banned from use and closed for three months after a joint operation between the police and Council acted upon on going drug dealing, loud music and nuisance behaviour – as well as breach of Covid-19 social distancing guidelines.

The property caused a lot of concern and distress to nearby residents and neighbours that at Willesden Magistrates Court on the 19 May, the judge has granted a three month closure order, under the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 on the property responsible.

Cllr Graham Henson, Leader of the Council, said:

“Some of our residents are already living through some difficult times because of the current crisis, and this added distress is completely unacceptable.

“Home is where you should feel safe regardless of whether there is a pandemic. This isn’t the first time we have closed a premise, and it won’t the last if people carry on flouting the rules, and making life difficult for others.  I’d like to thank the police and our community safety officers in taking swift action.  I hope that neighbours and residents can now enjoy home without the stress or worry about anti-social behaviour."

The Community Safety Unit will continue to liaise with the residents along with the Police Safer Neighbourhood SNT.

Inspector Ed Baildon from Harrow Police said:

“During the COVID 19 pandemic, we have seen an increase in ASB related calls from the community, as more people are staying at home. This has highlighted a number of problem addresses as people are able to see the activity that occurs during the day such as drug dealing, which would normally go unnoticed. As in this case my team and our council partners have been able to use this increased reporting to tackle what matter most to our community to great effect.”



Published: May 27th 2020