Judge extends closure notice on Doncaster legal highs shop

Heads of Donny, in East Laith Gate, has been served with a closure notice by police.
Heads of Donny, in East Laith Gate, has been served with a closure notice by police.
  • Judge orders Heads of Donny to remain closed until the end of June
  • The closure notice comes as part of efforts by police to crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Doncaster town centre
  • Members of the public have called the shop a ‘catalyst’ of antisocial behaviour and disorder
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A judge has ordered Heads of Donny, which sells legal highs among other items, to remain closed for a further three months in a bid to crackdown on antisocial behaviour. 
At a hearing at Doncaster magistrates court today, an extended closure notice was served to the East Laithgate based premises by the Judge under section 82 of the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The initial closure order was served on the head shop, which sells a variety of items including tobacco paraphernalia and novel psychoactive substances (NPS), also known as legal highs, on December 23 for three months under section 76 of the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Section 76 allows police or a local authority to issue a closure notice to a premise, and apply for a closure order, if it’s believed that the use of the premise has resulted, or is likely to result, in a nuisance to members of the public, or there has been, or is likely to be, disorder near the premise associated with the use of it.

Inspector Carl Lindley said: “South Yorkshire Police have been extremely concerned by the behaviour of some young people in the immediate area surrounding this shop.

“A number of businesses and members of the public complained to us that the shop has been the catalyst of antisocial behaviour and disorder.

“We were able to collate evidence to assist in the initial closure of these premises, and the extension will continue to prevent the disorder and behaviour returning to the area.

Heads of Donny, in East Laith Gate, has been served with a closure notice by police.

Heads of Donny, in East Laith Gate, has been served with a closure notice by police.

“Antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated and we will do all we can to ensure our town remains a safe place for people to live, work and visit.”