Police close ‘nightmare neighbour’ flat plagued by fighting and drugs

Police have closed a Southmead drug den for three months.

Officers “regularly” seized drugs and made arrests at 35 Cranmore Crescent but the problems “persisted”, say Avon and Somerset police, who secure a closure order yesterday (August 10) at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.

One neighbour told Bristol Live drug issues have plagued the home for three years. The property shut down is an upstairs flat in a two-storey block with three other flats.

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A police spokesman said the flat was “repeatedly” linked to the use, production and supply of Class A drugs, causing “numerous instances of disorder” and a “serious nuisance” to locals.

“In March last year officers began noticing a significant increase in the amount of known drug users attending the property and receiving items through the letterbox,” he added.

“Two months later, a warrant was executed at the address and it was found to be littered with hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.

“In February this year, officers twice found Class A drugs on people who had either come from the address or were inside. In May, they found multiple known users and dealers inside and also recovered a quantity of what was believed to be cocaine.”

Police say they attempted to work with the registered tenant and encouraged him to sign an Acceptable Behaviour Contract but he refused.

One local told magistrates how they witnessed a fight in May which spilled out of the flat and left them scared for their safety.

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The closure order notice on the property
The closure order notice

A notice on the door of the property warns it will be “completely sealed”, adding: “The occupiers will need to find alternate accommodation. Anyone who enters the premises now who is not the owner or habitual resident commits an offence and may be arrested.”

Neighbourhood Sergeant Richard Jones said: “Officers regularly acted on the intelligence provided to us from the community concerning 35 Cranmore Crescent by executing several warrants, arresting those found in possession of drugs and seizing illegal substances.

“But the issues persisted and so we sought the closure order which we hope will bring an end to them and mean local residents will no longer have to fear for their safety.

“We rely on the community to give us information and I encourage anyone with any concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour within their community to contact us. We will treat all reports in confidence and the more evidence we can gather in situations like these, the stronger the case we can present at court.”

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