Drugs den hotel ordered to close

A crack house has been closed down in Bright Street, Blackpool
A crack house has been closed down in Bright Street, Blackpool
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AROUND 100 used needles were found in a former guesthouse which has now been closed down after becoming a magnet for drug addicts and criminals.

Owner Phillip Newton, 59, has been banned from returning to Rainsbeck House on Bright Street, South Shore, after the council used its powers under the Anti Social Behaviour Act to shut the premises.

Hotel in Bright Street, Blackpool

Hotel in Bright Street, Blackpool

He was subject to similar proceedings in 2009, Blackpool magistrates heard.

Since ceasing to be used as a guesthouse around five years ago, the building has fallen into disrepair.

Following the hearing, Blackpool Council housing enforcement manager Alex Bracken said: “There has been long term, persistent nuisance with people using the property for drug purposes.

“In January this year we found 96 used needles and other drug use paraphernalia in one room.

“Defects within the property include water in the electrics, risk of structural collapse, vermin and exposed gas pipes to the rear.”

Magistrates agreed to a closure notice following an application by the council which will stay in place for 14 days, after which a full hearing will take place.

Sgt Paul McCurrie, of South Shore Police, said: “Hopefully this action will help reduce anti-social behaviour in this community and give people the respite they deserve.”

Neighbours welcomed the action, which they hope will bring to an end years of misery.

Angela Allen, of The Bambi guesthouse, on Bright Street, said: “You see people on the street passing little parcels and money to each other, and going inside with big bags of cider and the like.

“There are some people drugged up on the streets and shouting and screaming at each other. It has been a nightmare.”

Lisa Fuller, of The Octavia, also on Bright Street, added: “It is horrendous and has affected our business.

“This is our livelihood as well as our home. With things like this going on you don’t feel safe, you feel quite vulnerable.

“At least we’ll have some respite from it for the next two weeks.”

Blackpool Council prosecutor Victoria Cartmell told the hearing within minutes of the closure notice being pinned on the front door this week, Newton allowed people into the property.

Newton’s lawyer Trevor Colebourne said his client faced not being able to use his own home.

He said: “We accept there have been problems with certain people visiting him and people being arrested there.

“However the council has a statutory obligation to find him somewhere else to sleep.”