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.
Sergeant 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 affected 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.”
People took to social media and Facebook when the shop closed.
Madeline Balzer said, “That shop was a nightmare. It was obvious it was a drug den, loads of young girls hanging around drinking and fighting. It was a nightmare. How its been allowed to stay open so long is beyond belief. Good riddance to bad rubbish and lets hope it stays shut for good.”
Fiona Parkinson said, “About time police took control back.”
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 received royal assent in March and introduced what the government called simpler powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and provide better protection for victims and communities.