Suspected crackhouse shut down by police in Chesterfield

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A house suspected of being used to supply drugs in Chesterfield has been shut down by police.

The action follows a number of search warrants at the address, providing enough evidence for police to apply to have the terraced house closed.

Magistrates in Chesterfield granted a full closure order on Friday, June 6 on the house in Winchester Road to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

The house has now been boarded up for three months and closure order notices put up to let the public know it has been closed due to drugs being used or sold on the premises and serious nuisance being caused to the community.

Gloria Pearce, 37, of Winchester Road will also face separate charges of possession with intent to supply Cocaine, Amphetamine, and Cannabis at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court on Tuesday, June 17.

Acting Sergeant Heather Saville of the Dunston, Moor and St. Helens Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Residents said they were concerned about suspected illegal activities at this property and the local safer neighbourhood team worked with the council to take action on issues which were having a negative impact on the local community.

“The closure sends out a clear message that this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated and if you choose to behave in this way you risk losing your home as a consequence of your actions.”

“We also hope residents will also feel reassured that we are listening to their concerns and will take positive action against anyone involved in illegal or anti-social activity.”

Temporary Superintendent Paul Markham said: “We’re committed to working closely with the council to take a firm stance on crime and anti-social behaviour, on behalf of local residents.

“Drug misuse and associated activities around this house has had a negative effect on the community and we’re pleased the court supported these orders. This is a great result for the community and is a good example of what can be achieved by residents working alongside the police and council.

“It would have been difficult to achieve this result without the community’s help and I’d like to thank them for coming forward. I hope that other communities will be encouraged by this and recognise that they can make a difference to their local area by working with us.”

Residents are encouraged to report any issues or concerns with the property to their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team and anyone with information on drug misuse should contact Derbyshire police on 101.

Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.