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10 May 2011, 13:28
A house in Ely that was being used as a drugs den has been boarded up.
Police have raided the house in Nene Road, close to The Lantern Primary school and the City of Ely Community College, three times since 2008.
During their latest visit, officers found drugs, scales, a debt sheet and used needles.
The closure means that it is illegal for anyone to go inside the property.
East Cambs Anti-Social Behaviour co-ordinator Brian Tully said: "Despite the tenant and his associates being charged following the drugs warrant, the activity - which included unsavoury people calling at the property at all times of the day and night, causing commotion and nuisance - continued.
We decided to pursue a closure order because of the continued anti-social behaviour people living in the street had to endure over a long period of time.
This was an exceptional situation - Ely is a relatively low-crime area - and it is really pleasing that the agencies concerned, with the co-operation and support of residents, have worked together to bring an end to this illegal and anti-social operation which has blighted the neighbourhood.
The same process will be used to address other problem areas in future."