Drugs den closed as we act on neighbours’ concerns

We’ve shut down a house linked to drug abuse and prostitution after hearing how tenants were a constant nuisance to their neighbours. 

The problem property in Wren Street, Coventry, was acting as a suspected crack house with reports of frequent late night visitors and drug taking in the street.

Officers were also called to deal with regular disorders outside the address, which is in the Hillfields area, and people injecting drugs in an alleyway used by school-run parents and children.

The boarded up property in Wren Street
The boarded up property in Wren Street

Two drugs warrants were executed at the house last year where the residents – a man aged 50 and a 46-year-old woman – were arrested.

Seventy wraps of suspected crack cocaine were found inside a sock we believe was thrown from a window – and at another address linked to the woman we found £25,000 in cash and another 400 drugs wraps.

That second raid was last December, enquiries are progressing and the woman remains under investigation.

But we’ve now secured a closure order on the property – granted by magistrates in Coventry last week (16 March) – after we worked with council colleagues to submit a detailed document outlining the community concerns.

The tenants have moved out and we’ve boarded the house up for at least the next three months.

One of our officers pins the Closure Order to the door
One of our officers pins the Closure Order to the door

Neighbourhood officer PC Antony Coy, said: “The area is popular with students and young families. The kinds of issues linked to the property in Wren Street were totally unacceptable.

“I’m pleased the court has recognised the seriousness of the issues around the tenants and granted the closure order.

“This example shows how we will use all tactics at our disposal to respond positively to people’s concerns and hopefully improve their lives.”

The closure order runs for three months when it will be reviewed alongside the council and property landlord.

We always take information from our communities seriously. If you suspect a property is being used for crime then please let us know.

You can message us via Live Chat on the website or by calling 101.

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