TO combat the growing trend of ‘cuckooing’, we recently evicted a resident who had permitted a dealer to run a drugs operation from their property.
Drug dealers are increasingly targeting users throughout the county and are taking over a resident’s property to sell illegal substances. The practice - referred to as ‘cuckooing’ - is named after the similarities with how a dealer will gain entry and occupy the home of a resident, much like how a Cuckoo invades another bird’s nest.
Following complaints of antisocial behaviour, drug dealing and violence, members from our Quality of Life (QoL) team investigated the claims and found that the resident had allowed a drug dealer to operate from their premises in Chelmsford.
Working with Essex Police, the QoL team applied to Chelmsford County Court and was awarded possession of the property by District Judge Shanks.
Jon Cowie, Tenancy Services team leader, said: “There is an emerging trend across Essex, where London based criminal gangs are targeting certain residents and using their homes to supply drugs in the community.
“Our residents expect us to take a zero-tolerance approach to drug dealing in our properties and if a resident refuses to co-operate with us to remove the ‘cuckoo’ then we will pursue an eviction.
“We will not allow our residents or our properties to be an easy target for criminals and we will continue to work closely with Essex Police. If any of our residents have similar concerns regarding their neighbours we would urge them to contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Chief Inspector Alan Cook, District Commander for Chelmsford and Maldon at Essex Police, commented: “This is an excellent result and sends a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated. We will continue to support CHP and our other partners in taking positive action against individuals and gangs who engage in this type of crime.”