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Another one bites the dust; Family is evicted in crack den shutdown.

Byline: By KAREN FAUGHEY

A FAMILY has been kicked out of their home as the police succeeded in closing down another Teesside crackhouse.

Officers swooped on the house in Tennyson Close, Grangetown, and shutters were slammed onto the doors and windows of the semi-detached house.

Within hours of a closure order being granted at Teesside Magistrates Court, the drugs den was boarded up.

It will remain sealed off for the next three months.

Residents spoke of their relief as more than a dozen police officers arrived at the property yesterday afternoon.

Another crackhouse closure was due to take place today at 4pm in the adjacent Tennyson Avenue.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "They were always going up and down the street, and you would see them standing on the corners and meeting people.

"It's quite intimidating and I'm just really pleased to see them go.

"It's not nice.

"You know what's going on, but you can't really do anything about it."

Police say the property had been used to supply Class A drugs, and the occupants had been the cause of serious nuisance and disorder to local residents.

Another resident said: "I've not had any trouble personally, but there's always people coming and going from the house. I just try my best to take no notice."

Inspector Mike Cane of the Neighbourhood Police Team, who was in charge of the operation, said: "We have taken this action today, after many complaints from members of the public.

"Residents have told us of street dealing going on at all hours of the day.

"I hope that those people involved in this sort of activity get the message loud and clear.

"This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Police executed three drugs search warrants at addresses in Tennyson Close and Tennyson Avenue, in November last year.

Drugs, including pounds 6,000 of crack cocaine, were recovered from one house, and drugs paraphernalia from another address.

Nothing was found at the third property.

Several people remain on police bail while investigations continue.

Yesterday's operation was supported by the local authority and the landlord - Coast and Country Housing.

Ronny Harris, housing operations director for Coast and Country Housing, said: "We have worked closely with the police in taking strong and decisive action in these cases.

"As an organisation we are committed to investing in and supporting our neighbourhoods, and will continue to work with partner agencies in tackling anti social and criminal activities."

The house has now been boarded up and the occupants have been barred from returning other than to collect belongings under police supervision.

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CLOSED: A crackhouse is shut down on Tennyson Close, Grangetown, above, and PC Adrian Holden posts a closure notice, left Pictures by IAN McINTYRE; BARRED: Officers watch as the drugs den is boarded up to prevent its family from returning home
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2009
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