THE CLOSURE of a Northwich crack house will send a tough message to the town's drug network, according to police.
Cheshire Constabulary has welcomed a court order which has banned anyone entering 24 Castle Court, Northwich. The bedsit has been boarded-up and anyone who tries to gain entry faces jail.
Intelligence-led policing showed the house to be at the centre of much of the drug activity in Northwich over a three month surveillance period.
The closure marks a further success for Operation Cleansweep - a campaign to rid Cheshire's streets of Class A drugs.
Investigating officer Sergeant David Snasdell said: 'This ruling should send out a clear message to everyone in the drugs network.
'No matter what your involvement, or where you are, there are ways we can put a stop to your behaviour and we'll continue to use them until we're satisfied that lawabiding citizens have the quality of life they deserve.'
Chief Superintendent Tim Jackson, commander of Congleton and Vale Royal, added: 'We are committed to stamping out this problem behaviour and this is not the end. Neighbours often get frustrated because they feel nothing is being done to address these types of problems but I can assure them that we are working hard to address these problems.
The top-floor bedsit was the second house to be shut down by such a closure order in Cheshire. The first was made last summer in a landmark court decision, pertaining to 1, Waterbank Row, Northwich.
The house had become a centre for drug dealing and anti-social behaviour during the tenancy of Ann Marie Seddon. She was made the subject of a four-year Anti-social Behaviour Order.
Anyone with information about crime should contact Northwich Police Station on 01606 48000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.