Ipswich: Crackdown closes crack den in Old Foundry Road

An uncompromising warning was issued today after another drug den was shut down.

Police have now successfully applied for two closure orders in less than a week as they seek to drive dealers out of Ipswich.

The latest property to be closed is in Old Foundry Road after Ipswich magistrates granted an application by Suffolk Constabulary.

Last Friday, a crack house in Austin Street was locked up and the tenant thrown out after another court order was issued.

The two premises had been at the centre of drug-dealing activity and both tenants are currently facing court cases relating to drug charges.

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Speaking about the latest closure, Sergeant Danny Cooper said: “The court’s decision shows that residents do not have to put up with drug-related anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood.

“Anyone entering an address that is subject to an order can be arrested on the spot.

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“We will do everything we can to ‘close down’ premises that are used for drug activity, but this cannot be done without help from the local community.

“I would urge residents to stand up to drug dealers by reporting them to local police directly or via Crimestoppers.”

Following last week’s closure in Austin Street, Ernest Hagan, the borough council’s anti-social behaviour and support co-ordinator, warned: “From our point of view, we won’t tolerate drug dealing and work in conjunction with police to ensure any properties where there is Class A drug dealing will be dealt with severely.”

Inspector Richard Lane, head of Ipswich West Safer Neighbourhood Team, added: “This is one of a number of crackhouse closures that we will see in Ipswich over the summer period.”

If you have information about drug-dealing, call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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