Court issues crackhouse closure order

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A CRACKHOUSE in a village near Bury St Edmunds has been closed down after a closure order was granted at Sudbury Magistrates’ Court.

The order, for 11 Meadow Way, in Barrow, was granted on Monday and means the house will be sealed off for three months.

Suffolk Police applied for the order following complaints from the St Edmundsbury Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team while carrying out community engagement in the area.

Residents had complained to the team about disorder in Meadow Way.

Police carried out inspections of the property, along with the Suffolk Housing Society, and two warrants were executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

On September 16, police executed a warrant at the residential property in Meadow Way and seized a small quantity of drugs.

A 38-year-old woman from Bury St Edmunds was arrested and subsequently charged with possession of a controlled drug.

Chief Inspector Martin Barnes-Smith said: “I am very pleased that this closure order has been secured, as the misuse of drugs and the anti-social behaviour it attracts was causing concern to people living in Barrow.

“We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that drug-related problems are removed from this village, and the area can return to being a safe and quiet place to live.”

Barrow residents had commended the work of the police and said that it was good news and they were pleased with the outcome.

Suffolk County Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council were also involved in the application for the Closure Order under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

Cllr Robert Everitt, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for community, said: “Crackhouses are corrosive and while individuals have rights, so too does the wider community.”