Hounslow Heath estate crack house shut down

Go team: Heathfield Safer Neighbourhood Team

Go team: Heathfield Safer Neighbourhood Team

First published in Richmond and Twickenham Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

A crack house on the Hounslow Heath estate has been shut down by the police.

Richmond Housing Partnership (RHP) worked with Heathfield Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) to prevent anyone entering the flat, in Slade House.

A three-month closure order was secured after a drive to reduce antisocial behaviour on the estate, which has risen since December and was linked to drug use and dealing.

Rabia Arbi, antisocial behaviour (ASB) adviser at RHP, said: “We investigated this case thoroughly and my team, our customer service and caretaking teams have worked closely with the council and the police to help bring a stop to the ASB happening on the estate.

“Our customers were afraid to leave their homes and the communal areas were being left in an increasingly bad state.

“We’re very happy that Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court agreed to grant this order and we’ll continue to work hard to keep our customers safe.”

Leon Dowson, from Heathfield SNT, said: “I hope that this closure order sends out a strong message.

“Police and partner agencies are working together, to tackle drug misuse and its associated antisocial behaviour.

“We encourage people to contact police and partner agencies with problems like these – when we receive this information we can begin to address your concerns.”

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