Posted: Wed 29th Jul 2020

Updated: Wed 29th Jul

Closure notice served on Rhyl address following reports of ‘cuckooing’ offences

North Wales news and information

A 24 hour closure notice has been served on an address in Rhyl following reports of so-called “cuckooing”.

The term is used by police to refer to a form of crime in which drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for county lines drug trafficking.

Following persistent reports of anti-social behaviour in and around the property on Aquarium Street, a closure notice has been imposed which prevents anyone other than the tenant from being present.

Sgt Kevin Smith said: “We would like to thank the community for assisting with enquiries, as a result of which a closure notice has been served on an address believed to be associated with cuckooing offences.

“The closure notice is a short term measure to afford other residents some rest-bite from the behaviour they have been subjected to.

“It also allows the occupants themselves to seek help if required and consider what the future more stringent consequences could be if this behaviour continues.”

“This step has been taken and will lead to more long term solutions if the situation does not improve.

“People who persistently bring misery on their neighbourhoods should know that we will work with other organisations to enforce and use a wide range of legislation to prevent crime and antisocial behaviour.”

Anyone who has information relating to antisocial behaviour or criminality is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or contact the control room direct via the live web chat.

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