Neighbours unite to close down 'crack house' in stand against drugs
Police have closed down a "crack house" in Somerset after neighbours came together to take a stand against drug dealing in a residential street.
Magistrates approved an order on Tuesday to seal off the property in Allington Close, Taunton, for three months, after evicting the tenant. They agreed the premises had been used in connection with the production, supply or use of Class A drugs, including crack cocaine, and that it had been a source of drug crime and anti-social behaviour.
Officers asked for the powers to prevent further crime and nuisance in the community.
Neighbours supported the application, contributing to evidence submitted in court.
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Avon and Somerset Police said anyone entering the building over the next three months was committing an offence and could be arrested.
PC James Turner said: "This property was the source of serious and ongoing nuisance."
Andy Murphy, neighbourhood sergeant, added: "This sends a clear message that residents will no longer tolerate anti-social behaviour."