TRADING Standards bosses say a house where a cannabis farm and illegal tattoo parlour were discovered will remain closed until the property is made safe.
The Gazette’s exclusive pictures of inside the dirty and dangerous property on Osborne Road, South Shore, show just why neighbours were so desperate for police and council officers to shut the premises down.
Cannabis plants with a street value of around £24,000, discarded needles and drug paraphernalia were found in the property during a raid on Tuesday.
Neighbours living on Osborne Road say the home has caused a lot of disruption over the last two years.
Patrick McPartling, 65, owner of the Briardene Hotel on Osborne Road and chairman of the South Shore PACT group, said: “I had my suspicions about the place and drugs being used there when people kept turning up at 2am and 3am.
“People were throwing stones at the windows. I knew something was going on.
“I have raised this with the police over the last couple of months and I’m glad something has been done about it.”
Janette Tarr, 59, of Osborne Road, added: “The police are constantly knocking on the door and I’ve seen a lot of people going in and out of there.
“I’m not surprised something like this has happened.”
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, added: “It’s been an awful place because there’s been people going in and out of there during all hours of the morning.
“This is a weight off my mind and at least I’ll now be able to get some sleep because we always hear them arguing and shouting all night. It wasn’t fair on the rest of the street.”
Trevor Marshall, a housing enforcement officer for Blackpool Trading Standards, said a prohibition order was put in place because the property is “not fit to live in”.
He added: “There’s no electricity because they were by-passing the electric supply so we’ve turned that off. There’s no power, heating, hot water and no landlines.
“It’s now in the hands of the landlord and until they make the property safe, the order will stay in place.”