Two drug houses closed down in Harlow

Crime / Wed 18th Oct 2017 at 02:29pm

Spinning Wheel Mead

TWO houses in Harlow, both believed to have been used by gangs as a base to deal drugs, have been closed down by the courts.

During a hearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court officers from the Harlow Local Policing Team secured closure orders for properties in Aynsley Gardens and Spinning Wheel Mead.

In the case of the home in Aynsley Gardens, the order prevents anyone from entering the property for three-months whilst the order for the home in Spinning Wheel Mead prevents anyone but the owner gaining entry.

The orders on both homes aim to prevent anti-social behaviour and the misuse of drugs. Anyone caught breaching them could face jail.

Both orders were granted after officers from the Community Policing and Operation Raptor teams executed warrants on Tuesday October 10th. The orders were granted on Thursday October 12.

PC Robin Hance of the Harlow Community Policing Team said: “We will not tolerate any form of anti-social behaviour or drug dealing in our community.

“Where we are aware that this criminality is taking place we will use all the powers open to us – including the powers of arrest and to close a property as in this case – to prevent further offences.

“We would continue to urge members of the public to tell us about drug or gang-related crime in their community. We will act on all information received.”

At the property in Aynsley Gardens, three men – two aged 21 and one aged 22 – were all arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply. They have all been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Officers arrested three men at the home in Spinning Wheel Mead. A 16-year-old of no fixed abode was charged with two counts of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply and possessing a Class B drug. Brian Iduma, 21 of Prospect Hill in Walthamstow was also arrested and charged with possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply.

The third man, a 31-year-old from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply and has been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

The pair appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court to face the charges. Both were remanded in custody and will next appear at Chelmsford Crown Court in November.

The closure orders come as Essex Police is stepping up its action against those involved in gang crime and the illegal drugs trade even further with the launch of Operation Essex.

Teams from across the force, including Operation Raptor, Operational Support Group (OSG), roads policing, public protection and community and local policing, are coming together to specifically target those involved in drug supply in Essex as well as the associated violent offences which often go hand in hand with the illegal substance trade.

Officers will use a variety of tactics and are continuing to work with partners to safeguard those vulnerable to exploitation by drug dealers and gangs.

Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the North, South and West of the county to tackle drug and gang-related crime.

Anyone with information about drug or gang-related crime in their community can contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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