A TOWER block tenant took West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims to court, claiming his force violated his human rights after officers raided his home and found it was being used as a crack den.Dean Leary, from Birmingham, was banned from his council home in Forth Drive, Chelmsley Wood, after cops spotted an average of 50 addicts visiting the property each day with more than 85 visiting on one occasion. Police raided the property in March 2010 – sawing their way through a locked metal cage gate to gain access.
Once inside, they found the rooms littered with crack pipes, burnt foil, scales and syringes.
Two men, aged 33 and 35, as well as a 33-year-old woman, were arrested during the raid and all three were later released without charge. Police had received scores of complaints about the flat and many residents said they were living in fear of the seedy goings-on.
It was not uncommon for residents to be abused and intimidated by drug addicts in the lifts and they would regularly find used syringes in the stairwells. Glass doors and broken bottles were a common sight in the communal areas, and some residents saw addicts openly injecting
themselves.The situation was so bad that in a rare move, in June 2010, a district judge agreed that a closure order against the property was justified due to “overwhelming evidence” that it had been used to deal Class A drugs. The flat, in Bangor House, (left) was then boarded up and closed to everyone, including Mr Leary.
That order was later confirmed by Birmingham Crown Court.
But in an incredible twist Mr Leary has since taken Chief Constable Chris Sims to the High Court in London and claimed the closure order violated his human rights. At the High Court, Mr Leary’s counsel, Ramby de Mello, argued police should have consulted more fully with the local council, and considered other less draconian measures, before seeking an order that put his client out on the street. Arguing that the closure order was “disproportionate” and violated Mr Leary’s human rights, the barrister said it could have been drafted in such a way as to allow him to stay in his flat, whilst banning visitors.
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