Leeds drug den flats shut down

Clyde Grange flats in Wortley. Image: Google Street View
Clyde Grange flats in Wortley. Image: Google Street View
  • Stairs were smeared with excrement, addicts used chute rooms and stairwells
  • Action part of a crackdown at four tower blocks
  • Council pledges to respond to future complaints
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Two drug den flats have been shut down by officials in Leeds after complaints from other residents about filthy and dangerous living conditions.

The properties – 89 Wortley Heights and 68 Clyde Grange, both in Wortley – caused misery for neighbours by being used as a meeting place by addicts.

Wortley Heights

Wortley Heights

The catalogue of complaints included:

- Drug users shooting up in stairwells and chute rooms

- Stairs smeared with excrement and urine

- Public areas littered with drugs paraphernalia including foil, spoons and blood-stained wipes

Not only did we have a situation where people were selling drugs from certain flats, certain individuals were also then taking the drugs inside the blocks and using the stairs as some kind of public toilet, which is disgusting and completely unacceptable

Coun Mark Dobson

Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT) was granted closure orders by magistrates banning non-residents from gathering at the flats. In the case of Wortley Heights, the tenants were ordered out. The tenants of Clyde Grange were allowed to stay under strict conditions.

Coun Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for Safer Leeds, said: “Nobody in our city should have to suffer in silence because of anti-social behaviour, and it is positive news that through the detailed evidence compiled by LASBT, we have been able to take action against those people who were making the lives of residents at these four high-rise blocks in west Leeds a misery.

“Not only did we have a situation where people were selling drugs from certain flats, certain individuals were also then taking the drugs inside the blocks and using the stairs as some kind of public toilet, which is disgusting and completely unacceptable.

“I hope the closure orders we have secured, along with the other work undertaken by LASBT and other agencies in these areas will serve as a real warning to anyone who thinks nothing will be done if they take part in similar activities. We will not sit idly by and they can be guaranteed that every power at our disposal will be used to stop this type of behaviour and ensure they also face tough penalties.”

The closure orders were part of a crackdown by LASBT, West Yorkshire Police and Leeds Housing on problems at four high-rise blocks in West Leeds. Wortley Towers and Clyde Court were also targeted.

LASBT and other agencies including Housing Leeds have also met with tenants at each of the blocks to outline the action and pledge to respond to future complaints.

Superintendent Sam Millar, who heads Safer Leeds, said: “The quality of life of local residents was being really badly affected by some appalling incidents of anti-social behaviour linked to these flats.

“By working in partnership we been able to take firm action to address the problems and we hope it will have a lasting impact on the situation.

“We will not tolerate behaviour that blights the lives of others, and this latest action should serve as a clear warning to those who refuse to listen to advice and persist in making peoples’ lives a misery.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in this area and take appropriate action to make sure these issues are not just displaced elsewhere.”

To make a complaint to LASBT call 0113 222 4402 or 0113 3950143 out of hours.

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