BARNSTAPLE magistrates have issued a closure order on a crack house" - Number 3, Poltimore Lawn, Barnstaple - reported to have caused more than three years of misery for neighbours. The order is the first of its kind in the town and only the second eve

BARNSTAPLE magistrates have issued a closure order on a "crack house" - Number 3, Poltimore Lawn, Barnstaple - reported to have caused more than three years of misery for neighbours.The order is the first of its kind in the town and only the second ever granted in North Devon after the successful closure of a house in Meddon Street, Bideford, in the summer. PC Anna Fielding, neighbourhood beat manager for Frankmarsh and Gorwell said members of the public had made numerous complaints, dating back to 2005."In September, 2008 a survey was conducted in the Poltimore Lawn, Frankmarsh Park and Beaufort Walk areas of Barnstaple on the Frankmarsh estate, to give residents an opportunity to share concerns with us. Our thanks to everyone who completed and returned a survey form. The top priority was identified as drugs and drug dealing."For three years, this community has suffered due to the activities surrounding this household," she said. "The success of this application is directly attributable to the community sharing their concerns with the police and the local housing provider, North Devon Homes, who supported us to find a solution."The property is now empty and has been boarded up.Miles Sellick, neighbourhood manager at North Devon Homes, said: "We are very pleased with the outcome of this application and it shows how residents and agencies working together can tackle these issues. Although cases like these are the minority we will continue to target these individuals whose anti-social behaviour impacts on the wider community.