Police close Bury St Edmunds flat in drugs crackdown

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Police have slapped a closure notice on a flat in Bury St Edmunds as part of their investigations into suspected drug activity.

The order lasts three months and prohibits anyone from remaining on or entering 69 The Vinefields.

Bury Magistrates’ Court issued the order to Suffolk Police following a late hearing on Wednesday.

It states the court found the premises had been ‘used in connection with the unlawful use, production or supply of a Class A controlled drug’ and was ‘associated with the occurrence of disorder or serious nuisance to members of the public’.

Sgt Alistair Torkington, of Bury central SNT, said the property was occupied by a ‘vulnerable’ tenant who was believed to have fallen victim to drug dealers from London who ‘took over the address’ and used it as their distribution base for heroin and crack cocaine.

Last month, police arrested a number of people in The Vinefields, all from London, and seized cash and mobile phones from the property.

Two men, aged 23 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering, a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Sgt Torkington said: “I’m very pleased with the effort of my team. I know the estate will be improved and the neighbours will be assured that positive action has been taken. It’s also a deterrent to other tenants that risk losing their homes and a warning to people coming to Bury to deal drugs that we will be making arrests and do take drug use and drug dealing very seriously.”

Neighbour Stacey Baldwin, 40, said it was a ‘massive relief’ to see an end to months of anti-social behaviour that made him fear his home could be burgled at night.

He said: “It was so bad I moved my bed into the living room, as far away as possible. I couldn’t concentrate at work because I was so tired. I lost interest in my food as well. I just got fed up and ended up a bit depressed.”

Sgt Torkington said he wanted anyone with similar concerns to contact police, knowing they could do so confidentially and would be taken seriously. Call 101.