Sussex

Hastings 'drugs den' brought back into use

House left run down and littered
Image caption Housing officers found signs of illegal squatting and criminal activity at the former "drugs den"

A house that was used for illegal squatting in Hastings and left empty, run-down and damaged is being brought back into use by the council.

Neighbours had complained about the house in Braybrooke Terrace, which the council said was used as a "drugs den".

Housing team officers visited to find lead stripped from the roof, windows smashed, and banisters missing.

Officers helped the owner sell the Sussex property to someone who could make it available for rent.

Councillor Trevor Webb said housing officers visited and found it was clear there had been squatting and criminal activity.

He said: "This property, like many in Hastings, had been lying empty for a number of years."

He said the floor had been left littered with syringes and drugs paraphernalia.

"After talking to the owner about all these problems, it became obvious that he was struggling to cope with all the issues and we were able to advise him," he added.

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