Drug den house shut down by the courts

Residents who were living in a ‘nightmare’ can breathe a sigh of relief since a house used as a drugs den was shut down.

Saturday, 17th August 2013, 10:00 am
Boarded up crack house on Carnoustie in Worksop. Pictured are Chief Inspector Paul Murphy, Tammy Haywood, Coun Griff Wynne, Sgt Mark Goddard and Coun Glynn Gilfoyle G130810-2b

The property in Carnoustie - a normally quiet cul-de-sac in Kilton - has been boarded up after its troublesome tenants were evicted last week.

“It’s been frightening living on this street. People have ben poorly, depressed and reduced to tears because of it. It has been a living nightmare,” said one resident who did not want to be named.

Worksop Magistrates’ Court confirmed the drug den closure, which lasts three months.

Local police have worked with Bassetlaw Council and Notts County Council, combining their legal powers to bring about the closure.

Warrants were issued to search the house and swabs taken of the surfaces, proving there was significant class A drug use going on inside.

“After months of heartache for the residents they can finally have some quality of life returned to them,” said local beat manager PC Bev Drabble.

“This has taken months of hard work obtaining warrants, statements and collating evidence, all of which has been a massive team effort.”

Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, chairman of the county council’s community safety committee, said he supported the police in helping those affected by anti-social behaviour.

“Residents around this property reported fighting, urinating, noise at all hours and other antisocial behaviour by known drug users, which had caused them stress and anxiety,” he said.

He urged other residents experiencing similar problems to report them.

Coun Griff Wynne, deputy leader of Bassetlaw Council and ward member for Worksop East, added: “By obtaining this closure we have been able to lift a burden of fear from local residents.”

Coun Wynne also praised the strong partnership work between the various agencies.