26th Oct, 2021

'Tell us about drug-dealing in your community' - Coventry Police plea after notorious house is shut down

POLICE in Coventry have appealed for anyone with information on drug-dealing in their area to get in touch so they can clamp down on issues facing neighbourhoods.

It comes – as we reported last week – after the drug den in Wren Street was shut down after officers successfully obtained a closure order from the courts.

The property was a suspected crack house with reports of frequent late night visitors and drug taking in the street.

Officers were also called to deal with regular disorder outside the address in Hillfields and people injecting drugs in an alleyway used by school-run parents and children.

Neighbourhood officer PC Antony Coy, said: “The area is popular with students and young families. The kinds of issues linked to the property in Wren Street were totally unacceptable.

“I’m pleased the court has recognised the seriousness of the issues around the tenants and granted the closure order.

“This example shows how we will use all tactics at our disposal to respond positively to people’s concerns and hopefully improve their lives.”

At the Wren Street house, two drugs warrants were executed last year where a 50-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman – were arrested.

Seventy wraps of suspected crack cocaine were found inside a sock police believe was thrown from a window.

At another address linked to the woman we found £25,000 in cash and another 400 drugs wraps.

That second raid was last December, enquiries are progressing and the woman remains under investigation.

The tenants at Wren Street have now moved out and the property has been boarded up for at least the next three months when the situation will be reviewed.

The order – granted by Coventry Magistrates Court on March 16 – came about after police worked with the city council to submit a dossier containing the community’s concerns.

Police want anyone thinking about coming forward to know officers always take information from communities seriously.

Information can be submitted via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk or by calling 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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