Class A effort shuts down home of hard drugs

For Immediate Release

A team effort between residents and the authorities has helped to win a battle over hard drugs on a Hackney estate.

The house in Evergreen Square off Forest Road, E8 was served with a three month closure order on 14 September thanks to joint efforts from Hackney Council’s Crackdown team, the Police, residents and the housing agency, Places for People.

The three-bedroom property, occupied by one man, was raided following neighbours’ suspicions and complaints about late night and early morning activities in and outside the property.

Traces of cocaine were discovered in the home using an Ion Track itemiser. The Ion Track Itemiser is a desk top drug and explosives trace detection device, commonly used in airports and capable of analysing traces of all common elicit drugs found on surfaces.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “We hope that by shutting this house we are sending the message out loud and clear - hard drugs will not be tolerated on our streets and estates. This piece of work goes to show that a well-organised partnership between residents and the authorities is the key to cracking down on drugs that can wreck lives and neighbourhoods.”

The premises at Evergreen Square are now screened off and Places for People are currently considering repossession of the property.

Neil Kieran, Community Safety Manager at Places for People said: “This case sends out a strong signal that Places for People will not tolerate any criminal or antisocial behaviour. We will continue to work closely with residents, the police and other local partners to ensure that we provide communities where people are proud to live and work.”


Miranda Yates

Media Officer

Hackney Council

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