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Police close Lismore Park drug den

Drug dealers arrested, flat closed and tenant evicted

Report and photographs: Paul Janik
People in a flat arrested for drugs
Magistrates Court closed-down the flat
Landlord started eviction proceedings
23 School Lane, Lismore Park

Determined to tackle Slough's continually growing drugs crisis and the anti-social behaviour and civil disruption it causes to local communities, Thames Valley Police struck again this week with a double-whammy.

Not only did the police arrest the drug sellers, they also got an Order from Reading Magistrates Court, on Tuesday 22 August, banning the tenant and his friends and associates entering the flat for the next 3 months. Only these people are allowed to enter the flat

  • Any police person carrying-out a lawful duty
  • Any Social Worker or Social Care representative
  • South Oxfordshire Housing Association personnel
  • Approved carers

The Slough Times believes the Court Order names the wrong private provider of social housing. We think it should be A2 Dominion.

However as the front door and windows have been fitted with steel shutters, the flat is permanently sealed so no one can physically enter.

Notices on the front door's steel shutter state:

Any person who without reasonable excuse remains on or enters premises in contravention of a closure order commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 51 weeks or to a fine or both.

Police are reluctant to say when they raided the drug den at 23 School Lane.

It is situated in a remote area of peaceful Lismore Park, on the south of Slough Cemetery in Stoke Road.

Police have not revealed how many persons were arrested and what the charges are. All police will say is some people were arrested

on suspicion of possessing with intent to supply class A drugs.

The tenant is a paralysed disabled man named Andrew Falconer. According to the Court Order stuck on the front door, landlord A2 Dominion Housing Group has commenced legal proceedings to evict Mr Falconer because of the drugs.

As Mr Falconer is a disabled person, he is a vulnerable person in housing law to whom the local housing authority, Slough Council, has a legal duty to provide suitable accommodation.

Mr Falconer is no longer at the premises and his whereabouts are unknown.

Investigating officer PC Crossman, of the Slough neighbourhood problem solving team, said:

This closure follows a number of arrests, and will prevent anyone from entering the property.

We are committed to safeguarding residents and will do what is necessary to protect our communities from anti-social behaviour and crime.

If you have any concerns about properties being used for criminal activity, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555 111.