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Police and council join forces to close Newham crack house


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Police and council join forces to close Newham crack house Police and council join forces to close Newham crack house

Police officers working with Newham Council have closed down a suspected crack house in Stratford, east London.

Officers from Newham Police’s Problem Solving Team based at the council’s Newham Dockside offices in the Royal Docks, searched a flat at the property in Herbert Road following complaints from local residents.

Inside they discovered the room was full of smoke and the air was thick with the acrid smell of recently smoked crack cocaine. Eleven people were inside the flat. Between them they had 86 convictions for theft, drugs and prostitution.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a Class A drug. The officers seized drugs paraphernalia including crack pipes, burned foil, empty wraps and weighing scales.

On 27 February magistrates at Thames Court granted a closure order for the property, which means it can be secured for three months. During this period police can arrest any person trying to gain entry without good reason. Anyone doing so can be fined up to £5,000 or jailed for up to six months, or both.

In 2006 Newham Council and Newham Police signed a crack house closure protocol that ensures both work together to close premises that are being used for taking, selling or producing Class A drugs.

Councillor Unmesh Desai, executive member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “Living close to a crack house is extremely distressing for neighbours, with serious anti-social behaviour sometimes being prevalent 24 hours a day. This closure is an example of how police, the council and residents can work together to take effective action to close such places down.”

Sergeant Alistair Hudson, from the Problem Solving Team, said: “Local residents had complained that their quality of life and daily routines were being disrupted by noise, nuisance and suspected drug use. The successful closure has sent out a clear message that we listen to our community and act upon information they provide.”


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