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Old Kent Road ‘crack house’ shut down

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A 'crack house' has been shut down by police on Peabody's Bricklayers Arms Estate on Old Kent Road.

On Friday 4 July police officers from Grange safer neighbourhoods team in partnership with landlords Peabody obtained a three-month closure notice at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court and shut the 'crack house' on the same day.

The police, council and Peabody took action after receiving numerous complaints and reports of anti-social behaviour from local residents highlighting drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

"This is a good example of multi agencies working together, responding to the concerns of the community and taking positive action," said Sergeant Chris Iliffe.

"Living within close vicinity of a crack house is extremely distressing for neighbours, with serious disorder sometimes being prevalent 24 hours a day.

"The lifestyle of those who indulge in illicit drug misuse has a direct effect on others in the community.

"This closure sends out a clear message and we thank those residents who were willing to provide statements that were crucial in obtaining the closure."

Peabody's Melanie Serghindes said: "We're committed to protecting the community from drug related crime and anti-social behaviour, and are very pleased with the outcome of this case.

"Through strong partnership working we have demonstrated that action will be taken against any resident involved in this sort of activity."

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