How we tackle cuckooing

Oxford properties have been targeted by drug dealers operating County Drugs Lines from larger cities such as London, Birmingham or Coventry.

We work with Thames Valley Police, Oxfordshire County Council and other support services to protect vulnerable people from cuckooing in Oxford.

All cases follow reports from neighbours or professionals who raise a concern about a vulnerable person. Following a report, Thames Valley Police and Oxford City Council carry out regular visits to cuckooed properties. 

We have a number of tools and powers to remove the people who are exploiting and keep the tenant safe. In the more extreme cases, the City Council and Thames Valley Police will work together to obtain closure orders or injunctions on the cuckooed properties.

Closure orders restrict who can enter the property. Breaking a closure order is a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment, meaning police can immediately arrest unwanted people found in a home with a closure order on it.

Monica Walton, Oxford City Council officer, discussing her work