Flat linked to drug trade on Norwich estate closed by police after disturbance spilled onto streets
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A home linked to drug dealing on a Norwich estate has been shut by police as they work with Norwich City Council to take full possession of the property.
The flat on Watson Grove had been the origin of a large scale disturbance that spilled out onto the streets last week and ended with an innocent woman's home being targeted on Canterbury Place.
The woman had been at home in the early hours of Thursday morning when the gate and glass door at the back of her property were put through by a piece of concrete in a case of mistaken identity.
Neighbours said they had seen a group of men running from the flat in Watson Grove shortly after midnight, and police later cordoned the property off.
Luke Nelson, 23, said he saw a group of men run out of the flat in the early hours but had not been concerned until the police arrived.
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'There have always been a few people going in and out of there with the characteristics of drug users,' he said. 'There are people round late at night which is a bit concerning. They seem to message and wait for them to respond outside the door. It is mainly people hanging around. 'I had one woman off her head open my door and just walk into my flat once. If I wasn't already moving away, I would be for that reason.'
The relative of another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said drugs had only been a problem in the area fro two or three years.
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'There are a lot of groups coming and going, and I have found clothes lying in the lobby, which they will use as a toilet,' said the 69-year-old. 'I have even found people sleeping there when they have nowhere else to go. 'The windows and doors have been replaced after being broken in. It must have been horrendous for the people living next door. 'People like my elderly dad who lives on his own, if he opens the door and asks what's going on he will feel intimidated. That would frighten me too.'
She said she had not connected the activity with drugs until more recently. 'I would have phoned the police earlier if I thought it was that serious,' she said. 'The community police were up and down there like they were on a piece of elastic, so I figured they were on top of the situation.
'Especially with young families here you don't want that sort of thing going on.'
Police received nearly 30 calls about the disturbance which happened at about 2.25am on Thursday morning.
Officers searched a nearby address where a number of items linked to drug dealing activity, including hundreds of wraps, were found.
A woman in her 30s was arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug.
The arrest comes as police continue their campaign against drug dealing and drug-related violence as part of the ongoing Operation Gravity crackdown.
The EDP and its sister paper the Norwich Evening News have launched a campaign to encourage people to work with police in tackling the drugs gangs on our streets.
Anyone with information about drug dealing in their area should contact Norfolk Police on 101, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.