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Estate has peace at last as drug den flat is closed down

PUBLISHED: 08:44 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 07 September 2010

LIFE for residents on a King s Cross estate is set to improve after they used new powers to close down the flat of a tenant engaged in serious anti-social behaviour. The occupant of the Tonbridge House flat had let drug users and prostitutes enter the pro

LIFE for residents on a King's Cross estate is set to improve after they used new powers to close down the flat of a tenant engaged in serious anti-social behaviour.

The occupant of the Tonbridge House flat had let drug users and prostitutes enter the property and allowed them to use his security pass. Other residents gained evidence of the anti-social behaviour and together with the police and Camden Council successfully applied for the flat to be closed.

Camden is one of the first boroughs in the country to use a premises closure order to shut down a property under new legislation introduced in December.

Access to the flat is banned for three months and anyone entering can be arrested.

Community safety boss Cllr James King said: "This closure sends a clear message to residents that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Camden. Such behaviour blights the lives of local residents and the council will push for the strongest penalties against anyone who disturbs the lives of others."

PC Michael O'Grady of the King's Cross safer neighbourhoods team added: "When the quality of life for local residents is so eroded by the actions of those who think they can behave in a manner that is totally inappropriate, the police will work with partners in order to restore normality and tranquility. If that means removing someone from their home, then we will.


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