Closure order success in Biggleswade

We have been working closely with Bedfordshire Police over the past few months regarding a major antisocial situation, resulting in a three month closure order being secured on a flat in Urban Way, Biggleswade.

On 2 September the Police contacted Grand Union to advise that Luton Magistrates Court had awarded the Closure Order. During a search executed by the police with Grand Union officers in attendance, evidence was seized including drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Grand Union’s Executive Director of Operations, Phil Hardy, said: “We had received many complaints about drug use and drug dealing from the property and, knowing the impact this behaviour has on the community, we worked closely with residents to ensure intelligence was submitted to the police.

“Our housing officers, alongside our partners in Bedfordshire Police and the local authority, have now taken further action to reassure our residents.”

PC Aiden Howarth, from the Biggleswade and Ampthill Community Team, said: “We are satisfied with the court’s decision to close down the property. This closure wouldn’t be possible without the support from the community and the council.

“We would also like to reassure our communities that every report matters to us, as they help us build a better intelligence picture of issues in your neighbourhoods.”

As a result of this partnership working, the local community is now able to enjoy some well-deserved peace and quiet.


Photo shows PC Howarth and Sue Norfolk, Housing Officer