A guesthouse to which police have been called repeatedly following reports of drugs and anti-social behavior has been temporarily closed. – UKNIP

The Chandos Premier guest house in Cheriton Road, Folkestone was subject to a two-month closure order in the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Officers from the district’s community safety unit requested the order after police were called to the address 40 times in the eight months from September 28, 2020.

The calls included reports of assaults, disturbances, anti-social behavior and drug trafficking on the property.

Agents also made a ‘test purchase’ at the property, where a person too young to book a room visited and was shown a room and given the cost.

The closure order, which was issued under the Anti-Social Behavior, Crime and Police Act 2014, is in effect until September 29, 2021.

It prohibits anyone from entering the property except the owner, manager, manager or those working for the owner.

Anyone who violates the terms of the order could be taken to court and potentially face a prison sentence.

PC Carly Farrow, of the Folkestone Community Safety Unit, said: “Officers were called to the address often and tried on several occasions to engage with officials and encourage them to operate in a manner that helps us prevent crime in the city.

“This step is a last resort, but necessary to protect local residents and vulnerable people of Folkestone from the impact of anti-social behavior and drug trafficking.”

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