A vulnerable individual was left with no money for food, gas or electric after their property was targeted by drug dealers and users.
Bodmin Police has this afternoon confirmed that a closure order has been granted by the magistrates’ court regarding a property in the town.
The order means that only the named tenant (and agency representatives) can enter the property for three months.
Police inspector for Bodmin and Wadebridge Regie Butler-Card has explained that the order came about due to the tenant having been targeted by drug dealers/users who have left the tenant with no money for food, gas or electric.
Since the closure order one person has been arrested for breaching it. They were kept in custody overnight before being given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs by magistrates.
Inspector Butler-Card says no details will be made public about the victim or location of the property due to ongoing safeguarding concerns.
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Inspector Butler-Card added: “Working with our partner agencies such as Cornwall Housing and social services, we have arranged for a food bank parcel and various other means of support to be put in place.
“This is an excellent example of how we work with other agencies to safeguard vulnerable individuals and hopefully, with the ongoing support, this individual can now get their life back on track. This vital work often goes unseen but can make a massive difference to the individual/s concerned.
“I would like to say this again highlights the fantastic work done by the local police team in company with our partners and the community helping to protect the most vulnerable who are preyed upon by individuals who bully and intimidate them.
“But there is more that needs to be done, we all need to look out for those in our community who need our help. If you suspect someone is subject of a crime please speak up, be part of the solution to eliminating this scourge on our society.
“If you know of someone who may be suffering the same abuse, please get in touch with us.”