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Six homes associated with anti-social behaviour in relation to drugs have successfully been shut down and their tenants removed.

The closure orders, at addresses in Coalville and its surrounding area, were successfully applied for at Leicester Magistrates Court by Leicestershire Police and North West Leicestershire District Council as part of a joint operation.

It is the first operation of its kind in Leicestershire due to the large number of properties involved.

Tenants were given the opportunity to oppose the orders at court today. One property has been partially closed and can only be resided in by the named tenant.

Officers also applied for a closure order at a seventh property and a hearing is due to take place at Leicester Magistrates next Friday 28 September.

The closure orders were sought following months of anti-social behaviour causing misery to nearby residents.

All occupants affected by the closure order where appropriate have been offered advice and assistance to secure suitable alternative housing.

Inspector Richard Jackson, from North West Leicestershire Neighbourhood Policing Area, who oversaw the operation, said: “We welcome the closure orders after experiencing daily issues with the premises which had caused occupants and local residents’ misery and grief, negatively impacting our community.

“The closure orders highlight partnership working and the determination of the police and the council to take positive action against such anti-social behaviour.

“We pride ourselves on how we work with our local community, and this is one example of the positive impact this can have when we do so.”

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, chair of the Safer North West Leicestershire Partnership, said: “This is the biggest operation of its kind in Leicestershire and we’re proud to work with the police to really make an impact.

“We’re not alone in this – anti-social behaviour and drug problems happen in every community – but with this action we show we will not tolerate this sort of criminality that has such a negative effect on the people involved and the local area.”

Bev Smith, chief executive of North West Leicestershire District Council, added: “We hope we’ve sent a clear message to people associated with drug-related anti-social behaviour– we will use all our powers, including closure orders, with the aim of reducing the impact of drug use in our district.”

Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour drug use or supply is urged to call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111

Chief Inspector Steve Riley has returned to Leicestershire Police following a two year deployment to St. Helena, a volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean.

During his time as the Chief Inspector on St Helena he successfully strengthened the police service and helped the island to modernise, building a stronger police force which is better connected to the outside world.

Steve arrived at St. Helena, with his wife and three young children, ready to apply his knowledge and skills learnt whilst working for Leicestershire Police.

Under his leadership, he was instrumental in making lots of changes and helped the service to modernise. Using skills developed throughout his career, he was able to take on local matters and liaise with the UK Government, ultimately creating a wider outlook to his policing skills and prompting him to take a different approach to tackling new scenarios.

An airport opened on the island in October 2017 which means it no longer takes five days by ship from Cape Town South Africa to reach the island. Steve developed an information sharing agreement with ACRO Criminal Records Office in order to strengthen the island’s border security in preparation for commercial flights. Funding was also obtained for a Sergeant and two PCs from the UK who were sent over to help train local police, advancing their skills.

Now back in Leicestershire, Steve is now the Chief Inspector in the force’s Call Management Department based at force headquarters. Steve highly recommends taking up the opportunity to other officers. Reflecting on the last few years, he is grateful for being able to experience a different way of life in both his work and his family. His children experienced a completely different culture by joining a local school, making new friends and swimming with dolphins and whale sharks.

The convenience of going for a late night Tesco run became a luxury that was greatly missed whilst making do with what they had was vital as supplies had to be shipped to the island and often ran low. At one point, the family went without eggs for months. However, the drawback of having limited supplies and limited fresh fruit or veg were far outweighed by the benefits of living a new pace of life surrounded by beautiful and tranquil scenery.

Now they have returned, Steve is enjoying getting back into his routine at work. His family are settling back into home and school very well and will cherish the family experience and memories made in St. Helena.

Officers have issued a warning after a couple were the victims of a distraction burglary in Glen Parva yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 19 September).

The incident was reported to have taken place around 3.45pm in Lancaster Way, when the victims returned home to find some tiles had come off their roof. While they were inspecting the damage three men in white flat-bed vehicle stopped outside their property.

They offered to fix the damage. When the victim came to paying for the damage he noticed a large amount of money had been taken from a drawer in the bedroom.

The suspects were all white, two of them have been described as being 30-40 years-old and the third man was in his 60s.

One of them had short dark hair, he was wearing a green t-shirt, jeans and had black work boots on that were very muddy. The second man was about 5ft 11ins tall, of muscular build, he had short light brown hair and stubble. He was wearing a navy blue polo shirt with red and white stripes on the collar and on the top of the pocket.

The older suspect was about 5ft 7ins and of large build. He was wearing a cap and a denim jacket.

Detective Constable Steph Burnham is investigating the incident, she said: “The suspects were in the area around the end of the school day and we’d like to speak to anyone who may have seen the suspects in the area. If you were travelling in this area and have a dash cam fitted to your vehicle please check the footage for any images that may help with our enquiries.

“We would also ask local people to remain vigilant and contact us if they have been visited in similar circumstances.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact DC 1695 Steph Burnham on 101, quoting crime number 18*449571.