Drug dealers using vulnerable person's home as crack house in Northampton neighbourhood arrested, police say

A house in Carlton Road has been shut down by police as a hotspot for drug dealing.
A house in Carlton Road has been shut down by police as a hotspot for drug dealing.

A crack house in a Northampton neighbourhood has been shut down following an operation by Northamptonshire Police.

The house in Carlton Road, Kingsley, was raided by the Northamptonshire Police proactive team today (November 28) after complaints of street fights, prostitutes in the area and class A drug-dealing.

Using information from local residents, officers pinpointed the trouble to an address and uncovered a case of "cuckooing", a form of crime in which drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing.

A significant quantity of class A drugs was seized from the property and three men were arrested.

Dylan McIlroy, aged 19, of no fixed abode, was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Two other men were arrested as part of the operation. One man, aged 42, was held for a breach of a court order while a 33-year-old man was arrested for failing to appear in court.

Police say the house was shut down as a base for drug dealers and the homeowner is now receiving the appropriate support.

Sergeant Jenny Donnell said: "Tackling anti-social behaviour is very important to us. Everyone in Northamptonshire has the right to feel safe in their homes and enjoy living in their neighbourhoods.

“The presence of this house had begun to affect residents’ quality of life so I’m very pleased we were able to work with them and get it shut down.

“This is a great example of how we can work with residents to investigate anti-social behaviour and protect people from harm.”

To report anti-social behaviour, residents should call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.