January 19, 2021
Solihull Community Housing (SCH) has been granted a closure order on a flat in Smiths Wood after police uncovered a substantial drugs haul.
Birmingham Magistrates Court granted the order after police discovered a cannabis factory in the one-bedroom high rise flat. Two rooms had been completely converted for the production of drugs and 27 cannabis plants were found.
Tenant, Laura Cosgrave, 38, of Clare House, was not present at the time of the warrant and claimed to have no knowledge of what had taken place within her property.
The Closure Order prohibits anyone with the exception of those named on the order, from remaining in, returning to, or entering the premises for a period of three months.
Anyone that breaches the order commits an offence and can be arrested. They are then liable to imprisonment for a maximum of three months and be fined. The closure order allows Mandatory Possession which SCH intends to make an application for.
SCH Chief Executive, Fiona Hughes, said: “We will not tolerate any form of illegal drug activity in our properties. It is strictly against the terms of our tenancy agreement and is also of course against the law.
“We want our law-abiding tenants to be able to live safely in the community without having to contend with behaviour such as this taking place in their area. I would urge all tenants to contact SCH or the Police if they have reason to believe anything of this nature is taking place in their area.”