A house in Oxford has been issued with a closure order to protect the ‘vulnerable’ resident from drug dealers.

The property in Henry Taunt Close in Headington was issued with the closure on Friday, January 21.

Officers from Oxford Public Spaces Drugs Taskforce, the Barton and Headington Neighbourhood Team and Oxford City Council gathered evidence that the occupant of the property was being exploited by local drug dealers and drug users. 

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The presence of these individuals was also having a negative impact on the lives of surrounding neighbours.

The closure order, granted by Oxford Magistrates’ Court, will be in place for three months until April 2022.

The order prohibits any person from entering the premises except the named occupant.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: “Exploited individuals are all too frequently bullied and threatened in to sheltering dangerous people.

“Their homes become focal points for disorder and crime.

“These orders give police the power to robustly support the vulnerable and demonstrate that bullying will not be tolerated.”

Closure orders are issued under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and it is an order prohibiting access to a premises for a period time.

During the last three months four houses have been closed down by police, including the All Seasons Guest House, property in Cowley Road, Butler House and a flat in Dogson Road


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