Cracking down on drugs and sex work

16 August 2016

Crack house paraphernalia

  • Drug dealing
  • Class A drug paraphernalia found within the property
  • Known sex workers coming and going from the property
  • Harassment and intimidation to residents by visitors to the property
  • Noise nuisance / Shouting
  • Disruptive behaviour


A crack house in Harlesden has been shut down and two men have been arrested following Brent's Anti-Social Behaviour Team obtaining an order from the Magistrates Court.



Class A drug paraphernalia was found within the property on Sellons Avenue and a pungent odour of heroin and crack cocaine could be smelt in the communal hallway. There were also known sex workers coming and going from the property.



A number of reports from local residents had been made to the local Policing Team (Kensal Green SNT), Brent's Community Protection Team and Ward Councillors. Agencies acted swiftly in partnership to enforce the closure of the crack house. Drug paraphernalia and a large quantity of money was seized.



Cllr Michael Pavey, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:



"This situation sounds like an absolute nightmare - the neighbours must have suffered so much.



"I'm very pleased that our Anti-Social Behaviour Team managed to obtain a 'Crack House Closure' order in Court which saw the house shut down and arrests made.



"We will continue working hard with our partners to ensure that no community is blighted by this kind of behaviour."