Neighbours on Leicester estate welcome police drugs raid on home
Neighbours have welcomed action taken at a flat which police believe had become a centre for drug abuse and anti-social behaviour.
Six men were arrested and a quantity of drugs recovered when police raided the flat in Stocking Farm, Leicester, last Friday.
Officers from Beaumont Leys police station and Leicester City Council are now considering what steps to take against the tenant who, they allege, has allowed the address to be used by people taking drugs.
In previous cases, tenants have been evicted because allowing drug misuse is a breach of their tenancy agreement.
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People living near the address, in Topcliffe Walk, said there had been a problem for up to three years.
One said: "People were coming and going at all times of day.
"People wondered what was going on there and felt intimidated by the people we saw around.
"When people saw men being led away by the police on Friday, we thought 'thank God something is being done'."
Another resident said: "I don't know about drugs, but there was always a lot of drinking and rowdy behaviour there. I had no idea who these people were, but they managed to make us feel unsafe in our own neighbourhood.
"Some of us have lived here for years and we shouldn't have to live like this."
Officers from Beaumont Leys police station raided the flat using a warrant under the misuse of drugs act.
They arrested six men, aged 18 to 23, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.
A quantity of drugs and drugs paraphernalia were taken from the flat.
Inspector Kev Morris, commander of Beaumont Leys police, said: "I have said it many times before, if someone in council accommodation is involved in drug misuse or anti-social behaviour, then their tenancy is at risk."
Pc Ian Button, of the Beaumont Leys safer neighbourhood team, said: "We have reacted to complaints by residents about anti-social behaviour and drug dealing which has centred on an address in Topcliffe Walk.
"We have taken swift and positive action and arrested six people who we believe have caused misery for the community.
"We are now working closely with our partner agencies to seek further action against the occupiers of the property."
Five of the men have been released on police bail while officers continue their inquiries.
A 19-year-old man has been given a police caution for being in possession of a class B drug.
A Leicester City Council spokesman said: "This is a serious matter and we will work with the police and other agencies to agree what action should now be taken."