Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Police use new law to close pub

Deacons pub in Christchurch Road has been shut down by police who suspect it was being used by drug dealers.
Dorset Police obtained a temporary closure notice against the premises which is thought to be connected with the "use, production or supply of class A drugs".
The pub temporarily closed in February following the death of a customer.
The Home Office introduced new laws on Monday which extend current crack house closure powers under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: "The new premise closure order power will enable police forces and local authorities to close any premises - privately owned or rented accommodation - that cause significant and persistent disorder in the local community. That means no-one will be able to hide from the law if they cause serious nuisance to their neighbours.
"Premises closures will only be used as a last resort, but they make it clear that anyone who thinks they can flout the law and get away with it is just plain wrong."