Shut down – crack den so busy it split queue in two

Tom Wilkinson
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A crack den which was so busy that its queue for customers had to be split in two has been shut down.

Up to 15 people were seen lining up outside the terraced house in Percy Street, Middlesbrough, the local council said.

It has now been boarded up following a court order obtained by Middlesbrough Council.

In November, police and members of the public logged 19 occasions when crack was thought to have been dealt at the house.

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When police raided the property the same month, they found bags of cocaine and the tenant was arrested.

Newport ward councillor Chris Cooke said: “At its height I saw this property have to organise a second queue from the alley gate as they had too many customers.”

Elected Mayor Andy Preston said: “No-one should have to put up with this sort of appalling, anti-social behaviour, and these operations are sending out a clear message that we won’t stand for it.

“We can only do this with invaluable information from local people and great partnership working – and that’s making a real difference to the lives of ordinary, law-abiding people.”