Police shut down house where ‘squatter was selling drugs’

Officers have shut down a house left in "major disrepair" that was being used to sell drugs.

The house, on residential street Crofton Road, Rock Ferry, had been abandoned by its owners, police said.

A man "with no authorisation from the landlord" was occupying the home, despite it being in a state.

After receiving intelligence from members of the public, officers attended the home on August 17 to take possession of it.

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The multi-agency approach came after it was reported the home was being used to sell drugs.

Anti-social behaviour was also reported at the scene.

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As officers arrived, Wirral Police said "the house was in a state of major disrepair and immediately reported to the local authority."

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The force added: "Today, at 10am, officers returned with the private sector housing team from Wirral Borough Council, who assessed the house and deemed it uninhabitable and in too dangerous a condition for any person to reside.

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"Community intelligence also suggested that the location was being used to sell drugs and the location was a source of anti-social behaviour in the community.

"The landlords were contacted and due to the actions of the police and local council, were able to take immediate possession and secure the building whilst the police were present to prevent any disorder during the process."