Newham police close Plaistow ‘crack house’

Evidence of anti-social activity at the crack den (Pic by Metropolitan Police Service)

Evidence of anti-social activity at the crack den (Pic by Metropolitan Police Service) - Credit: Archant

Police have shut down a Plaistow “crack house” after issuing an eviction notice.

Officers and bailiffs attended a home in Queens Road West yesterday after evidence that the venue was being used for the regular taking of crack cocaine, a Class A banned drug, said a Met spokeswoman.

She said: “Earlier this year officers discovered the address was being used as a crack house and was attracting local criminals. Residential burglary rates, anti-social behaviour and violent crime around the area had increased.”

She confirmed the address was now back in the hands of the Family Mosaic Housing Association.

PC Tom Wilson, from Newham’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Residents have voiced their gratitude for prompt police actions on a matter that had made their lives a misery.


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“They have acknowledged the swift actions taken by officers to ensure the eviction and subsequent securing of the property were completed without unnecessary delay.”

No arrests were made.

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