A CHELMSLEY Wood drugs den believed to have been visited more than 50 times a day by addicts has been shut down by police.
Solihull officers raided Flat 21 in Bangor House in March and a district judge at Solihull Magistrates last week ordered a closure order on the property due to “overwhelming evidence” it had been used to deal Class A drugs.
PC Nicole Cummins from the Smith’s Wood neighbourhood police team, who helped build the case to have the flat closed, said: “We’re really pleased with this result. It means Bangor House residents no longer have to deal with the nuisance and disorder they were previously experiencing.
“On a typical day more than 50 visitors would call at the flat throughout the day and night and would often be abusive and intimidating to residents in the lifts.
“It wasn’t uncommon to find used syringes in the stairwells, glass doors and bottles would be broken in the communal areas, and sometimes residents would see people injecting themselves with drugs.
“This closure order sends out a clear message that drugs will not be tolerated in Solihull and we will do our best to make innocent people’s lives better.”
The flat has now been boarded-up and the order means it’s a criminal offence for anyone to enter the property.
The tenant has been asked to register as homeless and during the next three months Solihull Community Housing will pursue possession proceedings in order to remove him permanently from the flat and prevent him becoming a tenant of any other council premises in the area.