Crack house closed in Bedford after police raid

Bedfordshire Police.
Bedfordshire Police.

A suspected crack house in Bedford has been closed down by police after a warrant was executed in Stanley Street on Tuesday.

A team made up of officers from the local policing team, special constables, the central tasking team and the anti-social team at Bedford Borough Council, lead by Sgt Melissa Cunningham, executed a new anti-social behaviour law for the first time in the town.

A man and a woman were arrested as a result of the operation for possession of class A and class B drugs. They have been bailed until next month.

The drug den was initially closed for 24 hours to prevent further activity before police secured a three-month-long closure order at Luton Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

PC Karen Jarman, who led the warrant, said: “This property was a concern for residents and we want to reassure them that we will continue to disrupt these criminals. We do not tolerate anti-social behaviour and we work closely with our partner agencies to protect our communities.”

Reports of anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and general nuisance have been made to police in the past, and although successful drugs warrants had been executed at the address the anti-social behaviour continued.

PCSO Ian Bevis-Mott, who worked alongside PC Jarman on securing the closure, said: “The local team of PCSOs have notified residents who are delighted with the result. We are pleased the introduction of the new anti-social behaviour legislation now means we have the powers to apply for a closure order at court, to shut down the premises and put a stop to this behaviour.”

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said: “Bedford Borough Council, as part of the Bedford Borough Community Safety Partnership, is committed to working with the Police in tackling all types of anti-social behaviour.

“Stanley Street is a great example of how collaborative working between the council and police in both identifying and tackling anti-social behaviour has made our local community safer for us all; the public will see the borough council and police continue to work together as part of the Community Safety Partnership.”

Thirteen properties in Luton have already been closed by Sgt Cunningham since the new law came into force.

Anyone with any information relating to drug dens in the county should call police in confidence on 101, text information to 07786 200011, or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.