Police close door on crack house

PUBLISHED: 11:17 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010

The crack house has been closed down

The crack house has been closed down

A CRACK house described by a neighbour as a magnet for crime has been closed by police. The house in Eldefield, Letchworth GC, had been used as a base for dealing class A drugs including crack cocaine. Police say it had also been attracting serious nui

A CRACK house described by a neighbour as a "magnet for crime" has been closed by police.

The house in Eldefield, Letchworth GC, had been used as a base for dealing class A drugs including crack cocaine.

Police say it had also been attracting "serious nuisance behaviour".

This week they got a court order which makes it a criminal offence for anyone to enter the house without police permission for three months.

A relieved neighbour told The Comet yesterday that the house had been a problem for at least three years.

The man, who did not wish to be identified, reported seeing up to six cars plus around eight callers on foot visiting the house every day, up until the early hours of the morning.

The residents of the crack house would often knock on his door to borrow change for a payphone and he can recall seeing a police car or ambulance outside the house nearly once a week.

According to the neighbour, residents were victims of petty crime - including having their hubcaps stolen and eggs thrown at their cars - because of the house.

He added: "It was like a magnet for crime almost."

The neighbour said the former residents left four days ago, but remain in the area.

"They are still lurking about down the bottom of the road," he said.

There have also been cars calling at the house since it was vacated.

Sgt Mike Wood, from the Letchworth GC community team, said: "In this case class A drugs have caused serious anti-social behaviour around Eldefield including numerous disturbances at the house which residents have had to endure and I thank them for their co-operation in helping me to close these premises.

"This has been the first time we have used this power but it certainly will not be our last.

"Class A drugs will not be tolerated in North Herts."

Anyone with information about drug activity can ring the police on 01707 354695 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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