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Crack den smashed

PUBLISHED: 17:42 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested and charged after he was suspected of trying to break into a crack den that had been closed by police the day before. Bromley police were called to the property in West Street at 10.30pm last Wednesday after a number of

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested and charged after he was suspected of trying to break into a crack den that had been closed by police the day before. Bromley police were called to the property in West Street at 10.30pm last Wednesday after a number of youths were seen trying to enter the premises.

An 18-year-old youth ran out of the back of the property and was arrested as he tried to enter Bromley North bus garage. The 14-year-old, from Crystal Palace, climbed onto a roof and refused to come down for four hours. He was arrested and later charged for entering a premises subject to a closure order under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act. He is due to appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on May 26. The 18-year-old was released without charge.

The previous day, nine people were arrested after police raided the property and suspected the property had been used for the unlawful use, production or supply of a Class A drug. Six men aged between 30 and 42 and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity. They were released without charge after interview at Bromley police station. Another women, aged 21, was given a formal warning for possessing cannabis and the drugs were destroyed. A Kosovan man, aged 24, was arrested for immigration offences and was referred to the Border Agency.

The 41-year-old owner of the property was arrested the following day on suspicion of abstracting electricity but was later released without charge.

Magistrates placed a three-month closure order on the property on the grounds that the premises have been used in connection with the unlawful use, production or supply of a Class A drug.

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