Police use new powers to shut shop after reports of drug dealing

American Wear shop on Susans Road, Eastbourne, has been given a closure order by police SUS-140812-105014001
American Wear shop on Susans Road, Eastbourne, has been given a closure order by police SUS-140812-105014001

An Eastbourne shop has been closed down by police and council officers following reports of drug dealing and disorder at the address.

Sussex Police and Eastbourne Borough Council joined forced to use new anti-social behaviour powers to shut down the American Street Wear Shop, on Susans Road.

Police closed the retail premises on Thursday afternoon (December 4) and it is the first such closure to be actioned by Sussex Police.

Notice was served on the tenant at 3:30pm that day and the premises were boarded up by police. The application, under Section 76 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, was presented in Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Friday (December 5). Magistrates authorised closure for the maximum period of three months.

Sgt Ed Ripley, from the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, “The closure has attracted a lot of interest from local residents and businesses who had clearly been effected by the disorder from The American Street Wear Shop. We hope that this Order will send a clear message that we will not tolerate this behaviour in Sussex.”

The new legislation enables a Police Superintendent to authorise closure, which must then be approved by magistrates within 48 hours.

A police officer of at least the rank of inspector, or the local authority, may issue a closure notice if satisfied on reasonable grounds that the use of particular premises has resulted, or is likely soon to result, in nuisance to members of the public, or that there has been, or is likely soon to be, disorder near those premises associated with the use of those premises.

The American Street Wear shop was boarded up by police and a notice detailing its closure pinned up outside.

The notice states, “The Court is satisfied that there has been disorder near those premises associated with the use of those premises and that the making of a closure order is necessary to prevent the disorder from occurring.

“It is adjudged that the complaint is true and it is ordered that the premises 41-43 Susans Road, American Street Wear Shop, are closed to all persons until 4pm on March 5, 2015 or further order.”