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Squalid scenes as police shut down city 
flat thought to be a centre of drug use

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 21 March 2017

The flat at Saffron Square which has been closed by Norfolk Police after reports of drug use. Picture: Norfolk Police

The flat at Saffron Square which has been closed by Norfolk Police after reports of drug use. Picture: Norfolk Police

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A flat associated with drugs in Norwich has been shut down by police as their campaign against the spread of Class A’s in the region continues.

The flat at Saffron Square which has been closed by Norfolk Police after reports of drug use. Picture: Norfolk Police The flat at Saffron Square which has been closed by Norfolk Police after reports of drug use. Picture: Norfolk Police

The force received 11 calls regarding drug use and anti-social behaviour at the address in Saffron Square in the last 12 months.

Officers from Norfolk Constabulary and other partner agencies attended Norwich Magistrates Court on Friday 17 March to seek a closure order under the Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime Act 2014.

The order was granted for a period of three months.

The flat in Saffron Square which has been closed by police. Picture: Norfolk Police The flat in Saffron Square which has been closed by police. Picture: Norfolk Police

After the order was made, neighbours spoke of the ongoing issues relating to Saffron Square.

A local resident, who asked not to be identified, said there is often “a hell of a lot of people coming and going.”

“Sometimes there are 16 plate Range Rovers out there,” they said.

“It’s not nice, and we would move tomorrow if we had the chance.”

The flat in Saffron Square which has been closed by police. Picture: Norfolk Police The flat in Saffron Square which has been closed by police. Picture: Norfolk Police

They added police activity has increased in the local area, but the problems were unlikely to end.

“There are a lot of patrols around here so I think the police are doing their best. Anyone who has a brain knows what’s going on, but the police can’t just go bursting into flats. It’s a shame because there are a lot of younger parents who get council flats in these sort of places. I’d just like to get as far as possible from all the misery that seems to surround this place at the moment.”

Chief inspector Nick Paling said: “This action should serve as a warning to those who engage in drug related activity - we will not tolerate it and we will take action where necessary.

“Residents can be reassured that police will continue to work with partner agencies to ensure people can feel safe and enjoy a good quality of life in their own neighbourhood.”

Operation Gravity was launched in December of last year after a spike in drug-related violence, primarily in the urban hubs of Norwich, Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn.

Anyone with information 
about drug activity in their 
area should contact Norfolk Police on non-emergency number 101.

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