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22 March 2019, 13:20 | Updated: 22 March 2019, 13:25
Ten people have been arrested in Derbyshire during a police strike day to target drug misuse, and crime.
Magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre granted the order yesterday (Thursday, March 21) for the flat on Victoria Park Road in Buxton.
Officers from Derbyshire Police applied to the court for the closure order due to long term concerns around criminal behaviour and disorder.
It bans anyone from entering the flat or staying at the property for three months and if the order is breached then that person could be arrested, and fined or jailed by the court.
The closure order was granted as part of the operation, which has included local policing officers, Safer Neighbourhood policing teams, roads policing, roads crime officers and specialist operational support officers.
In addition to the closure order, officers arrested:
Four men on suspicion of drugs offences following a search at a property on Fairfield Road, Buxton.
One man on suspicion of shoplifting
Two men for failing to appear at court for a robbery offence in Buxton.
Two men on suspicion of drugs offences after searching a house on Bridgemont, Whaley Bridge.
One woman on suspicion of theft
Three cars were also seized for travelling without insurance, on the A6 at Whaley Bridge, the A6 at Dove Holes and on Fairfield Road, Buxton.
Inspector Justin Brown, who is in charge of policing in the High Peak, said: “Officers have been working in Buxton today as part of a proactive strike day to target crime, illegal drug misuse and anti-social behaviour.
“As well as a number of arrests, magistrates have granted a closure order on a property which has been causing widespread concerns from the local community.”
Insp. Brown added: “We will continue to take action and to work alongside partnership agencies to help keep the communities of Buxton and the High Peak safe, and I would urge anyone with concerns about crime, illegal drug misuse or anti-social behaviour to report them to the police or Crimestoppers so that we can investigate and take appropriate action where necessary.”
There is currently a dedicated campaign by the independent charity Crimestoppers to encourage residents in the Buxton area to speak up completely anonymously and tackle criminal activity such as drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.