Crack house closed

A SHEFFIELD crack house which left neighbours "living in fear" has been closed following a police raid in which two men were arrested.

Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, 5:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th October 2007, 9:52 am

The property on Martin Street, Upperthorpe, has been boarded up after a district judge ruled it should be shut down.

Officers raided two addresses on Martin Street last month following a string of complaints from neighbours that the property was being used for drug dealing and was a hub for anti-social behaviour.

As a result of the raids two men, aged 37 and 48, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug. Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.

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Following the raids, officers applied to Sheffield Magistrates' Court for the Crack House closure order on the property.

District Judge Anthony Brown ordered the premises be closed for three months and Sheffield Council stepped in to board it up.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "People around here have been living in fear for months. The flat was being used for drug dealing, prostitution and who knows what else."

Inspector Phil Barraclough said: "We have acted upon complaints and information that we have received from residents in the community and have used legislation to the full."

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