Police have secured a partial closure order after drug dealers made a Collienrs Wood resident sleep on the floor and even forced them out of their own home.

In August, officers were made aware of a number of incidents including drug use and drug dealing at an address in Colliers Wood.

An investigation revealed that a friend of the resident was using the address to invite people to the property to use and deal drugs and that the resident was being intimidated, threatened and abused in his own home.

Concerned for the resident’s welfare, Merton Safeguarding, Wandle Housing and Colliers Wood Safer Neighbourhood Team worked together to provide support and a solution for the resident. This included PCSO Russell, PC Lemos Galvao, PC Townsend and PC Cockburn gathering evidence for a partial closure order so that the home would be closed for everyone but the resident.

On November 18, Colliers Wood SNT attended Wimbledon Magistrates Court to present the file containing all evidence for the closure order. After reviewing it, the judge granted the partial closure order.

"We hope this closure order will help the vulnerable resident, who will now be less likely to suffer violence and crime," PC Galvao said.

A closure order prohibits access to the premises at all times, in all circumstances, to everyone (unless specified otherwise).

Once the order has been made, an officer may enter the premises and do anything reasonably necessary to secure it against entry by any person.

It is an offence for anyone to enter or remain on premises that are subject to a closure order, without reasonable excuse.

The closure order can last up to three months. It may be extended once for an additional three-month period.