House of drug dealers tinned up after violence spills onto street

By Alan Weston

An end terraced house was completely shut down after the behaviour of people living there blighted the neighbourhood.

The property in Scott Street, Warrington, was at the centre of reports of drug dealing and violence.

These included drug users living at the property, and violent incidents both inside and outside the house.

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A closure order was obtained from the local magistrates' court on Friday (September 10), making it a crime for anyone other than the landlord to be at the house over the next three months.

Sergeant Alex Reeves, of the Cheshire Police problem solving team, said: "The address was occupied by two local drug users in a residential area consisting mainly of families and elderly residents.

"The activity of people inside and outside the address was causing concern to members of the community and the risk of harm it could pose to children living in the area.

"We then spoke to the local community and gathered as much evidence and information as we could in order to successfully apply for the closure order and for it to be imposed.

"I know residents are grateful and pleased with the work officers have done to achieve this outcome and applauded them on the day.

"I want to make it clear that we will not allow the actions of a few individuals to cause misery, fear and harm to the community. This is an example of our continued commitment to tackle those who engage in drug and anti-social behaviour in order to make it a safer place for residents to live."

To report criminal or anti-social behaviour in your community, please report online via the Cheshire Police website or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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