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Drugs den that plagued neighbours is boarded up
A HAMPSHIRE drugs den has been shut by the police after complaints from neighbours.
Discarded syringes in the street where children walk and play, late-night noise pollution, shouting, swearing and drug dealing were among the problems plaguing neighbours.
Now the house in Upton Grey Close, Winchester, has been boarded up with the support of the owner A2Dominion and the city council. No one can legally enter the house for three months.
“It was pretty sickening, to be honest. My daughter is five-yearsold, she was playing and she sat down and picked up needles from the bush area,” said one neighbour, 25-year-old railway worker, Ricky Finden.
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I found some needles and that’s scary because it’s the alley where the children go to the primary school.
“There were lots of cars coming and going, we’re talking at 4am in the morning.”
Another neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said: “I categorically do not agree with drugs but I tried to help her, as a neighbour.
“About once a year, on average, we had instances of screaming in the night and the police coming.”
The order, secured at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court, was made under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, which allows the closure of premises used for the production, supply or use of Class A drugs.
Insp Jon Turton, of North Walls police station, said: “We will not tolerate drug-related antisocial behaviour especially when it has a detrimental impact on the lives of nearby law-abiding residents. I hope that any other Winchester residents that are engaging in similar activities think twice as we will not hesitate to take similar action in the future where necessary.”
Anna Burridge, A2Dominion’s area director, said: “We welcome this closure order. A2Dominion is committed to tackling antisocial behaviour.”
In connection with the closure a woman, 38, and a man, 50, were arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.
They were bailed until November 11.
Another drugs den on City Road, Winchester, was closed in May 2012. It remains boarded up.
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