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Police smashed their way into a doss-house believed to be a haunt of crack-smokers and heroin addicts following complaints from residents.

Worried locals reported visitors calling at the house at all times of the day and night, and large groups gathering at the property.

South Yorkshire police on a crack house drugs raid

South Yorkshire police on a crack house drugs raid

Last month police were called after a man was glassed during a brawl which broke out at the house. A woman was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and was later bailed pending further inquiries.

Yesterday police used a battering ram to storm into the house on Owler Lane, Fir Vale. A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

The man was still in police custody last night and officers were considering whether to seek a crack house closure, which would see the property boarded up for three months to keep out regular visitors.

Police who raided the rented home, which is divided into two separate flats, searched the ground-floor premises. They left with bags containing needles, weighing scales, and drug smoking paraphernalia.

Sergeant Matt Wooding, of the Burngreave Safer Neighbour Team, who led the raid, said it was organised following concerns from residents who had complained about the amount of anti-social behaviour linked to the property and those who visit it.

“We have received a number of complaints about drug dealing and drug misuse in the flat and people calling at all times of the day and night,” he said.

“There are also concerns at the number of people who gather there, and related anti-social behaviour.

“When you have large numbers of people and Class A drug misuse in a property they are the ingredients that can lead to flash points, and last month that is exactly what happened.

“There was a large fight outside which resulted in somebody getting glassed.

“This flat appears to have been used as a doss-house by a number of people, where drug dealing and preparation appears to have taken place and drug misuse.

“Properties used in this way are a major issue for local residents and we hope this raid shows that all information passed onto us is taken seriously and acted upon.

“This is one of a number of raids we have planned, and should serve as a warning to others involved in this kind of lifestyle that we will take action.”

Inspector Simon Leake, of the Burngreave Safer Neighbourhood Team, added: “Police surveys reveal drugs are the number one issue for this community.

“We will continue to target people who misuse drugs, supply drugs, and get involved in disorder through drug misuse. We will also continue to look for problem premises with a view to closing them through crack house legislation.”