Drugs den is found in clean-up

PUBLISHED: 11:48 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:31 06 May 2010

A member of the council’s graffiti-busting team gets to work on a wall during the clean-up operation

A member of the council’s graffiti-busting team gets to work on a wall during the clean-up operation

A DRUG den has been shut down during a clean up operation. The den, above Bedwell shops in Stevenage, was discovered during Operation Juliet, an environmental action day held by fire, police and council officers. A Stevenage Borough Council spokesman sai

A DRUG den has been shut down during a clean up operation.

The den, above Bedwell shops in Stevenage, was discovered during Operation Juliet, an environmental action day held by fire, police and council officers.

A Stevenage Borough Council spokesman said: "One of the teams came across an old flat where someone had kicked the door in. There was a mattress in there so it looked like someone was staying there and it was a place to take drugs."

The flat contained drug paraphernalia and was boarded up straight away.

During last Wednesday's operation, which concentrated on the Bedwell area, graffiti was cleaned off walls and more than three tonnes of rubbish was collected.

Sgt Jason Thorne, from Stevenage Police, said: "The environmental action days are excellent examples of multi-agency working which helps us address a number of issues that are of particular importance to local people.

"It was successful in terms of dealing with quality of life issues. Offences such as graffiti and antisocial behaviour are very important to people. Wednesday was an opportunity to target these effectively.

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