Last week we told you about a series of closure orders obtained by officers working to disrupt drug-related criminality in the Sharrow area of Sheffield.
The team have now (15 November) secured a further order on another problem property on Washington Road, bringing the total number of orders to five.
The other orders cover properties on Leverton Gardens and Cliff Street.
Inspector Colette Fitzgibbons from the Sheffield South West Neighbourhood team said: “It is rare to get this many orders granted in close succession and this is testament to the hard work of the Sharrow team who are tackling issues raised by local people.
“They are working with the Sheffield Safer Neighbourhood Service in continually gathering evidence to secure these orders.
“The purpose of these orders is to prevent anyone other than the tenant – and authorised agencies like us – entering the property.
“We are using them in this part of Sheffield to stop vulnerable people being targeted by criminals who are looking for properties to use to deal drugs from, this is known as cuckooing.
“Securing so many in one go should have a significant impact and disrupt criminality that is affecting people’s lives.”
Cuckooing – spot the signs:
Help us protect those at risk of being exploited by criminals.
Victims of cuckooing are often vulnerable people who are subjected to threats of violence.
It usually takes place in multi-occupancy or social housing properties.
Signs that cuckooing could be happening at a property near you:
An increase in people entering and leaving
An increase in anti-social behaviour
Increased littering or rubbish
Different cars and bikes outside
Signs of drug use
Curtains or blinds closed at all times
No healthcare or support workers visiting
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