Worksop: Victory for the people as drugs den is shut down

Boarding up of crack house on Garside Street, pictured are from left Bassetlaw Council deputy leader Griff Wynne, Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, community safety officer Gerald Connor, anit social behaviour officer Louise Elliott and PC Mark Topham
Boarding up of crack house on Garside Street, pictured are from left Bassetlaw Council deputy leader Griff Wynne, Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, community safety officer Gerald Connor, anit social behaviour officer Louise Elliott and PC Mark Topham

Police and Bassetlaw Council have both hailed another victory on the war against drugs after a drugs den in Worksop was closed down.

Having obtained a court order, police moved in to evict the residents of the property on Garside Street.

The council have now boarded up the windows and sealed up the building and it will remain in that state for the next three months.

“A lot of hard work has gone into this by the Bassetlaw Town Centre Partnership in Worksop, the police, the council and the anti-social behaviour unit and we’re delighted with the results,” said Glynn Gilfoyle of the Partnership.

“The way in which the Partnership has very swiftly secured the notice of closure, within a week of the initial raid, is highly effective.”

“And quite often we can secure these notices within 24 hours and that’s what we’ll be doing more often.”

“Within 24 hours of the door being put in, we will get the closure notice and people who deal drugs will be out of these properties.”

“This sends out a message to anyone who thinks they can deal drugs anywhere in Bassetlaw, that they are not welcome here, full stop.

“We don’t want people here who are going to deal drugs and live off the backs of other people’s hard work and I hope people are getting that message.”

“With this particular case, we had heard about people coming and going at all times day and night relating to the sale of drugs.”

“What was particularly unpleasant about case was that there were young children in the house while these people were conducting their drugs business.”

Worksop beat manager PC Mark Topham was also praised the work of the local community for their help in getting the drugs den closed down.

“This proves that the Partnership works and this case really stemmed from the local community giving us the information about this property so it’s a big thank you to them for their input,” he said.

“Without their information and their statements, we wouldn’t have had this result, so this is a victory for the local community as much as the Partnership.”