Gosport drugs den will be boarded up for at least three months

DRUGS DEN Clint Herlihy flat at Blake Court
DRUGS DEN Clint Herlihy flat at Blake Court
Portsmouth Crown Court

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A DRUGS den that has caused misery to the lives of dozens of people for more than two years is to be closed for three months.

Magistrates heard last night how the lives of residents living in Blake Court in South Street, Gosport – a once-desirable place to live – have been blighted by antisocial behaviour coming from the flat of Clint Herlihy.

It was decided the one-bedroom flat would be boarded up by police and anyone entering flat 65 in the next three months can be prosecuted.

The court heard he was moved to the flat three and a half years ago by a housing association – after causing trouble at his previous home.

Louise Ravenscroft, prosecuting, told Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court how hundreds of complaints had been made to police and to the housing association that controls some of the flats by residents – many of whom are in their 80s and 90s.

Complaints span from the use and selling of drugs, drug users coming to the block of flats ‘at all hours of the day and night’ along with loud music being played, residents being disturbed by having their buzzers rung and being intimidated in their own homes.

One statement said: ‘From the moment he got there, drug users would be here in their droves. If they can’t get through to him, they buzz everyone.

‘We have now had to disconnect our buzzer because it was getting to be a daily thing.’

People trying to get into his top-floor flat would buzz all of the 65 flats’ intercoms and pretend they were police or paramedics in a bid to get into the security-coded lobby.

Miss Ravenscroft said some of the complaints include blood and urine being sprayed on the walls of the lobby, dog faeces on the floors despite animals being banned from the property and on more than one occasion, dirty needles dropped on the floor.

Residents have confronted Mr Herlihy and his visitors, only to be abused.

PC Andy Way from Gosport said most of the residents were scared of Mr Herlihy.

The court heard heroin, crack cocaine and amphetamines had been found at the property during earlier police operations.

Mr Herlihy has a long history of drug-related convictions, the court was told, and has refused to participate in drug rehabilitation on numerous occasions.

To secure the order, the magistrates had be satisfied the prosecution showed the premises had been used in connection with the production, supply or use of Class A drugs; the premises is associated with disorder or serious nuisance, and the order was necessary to prevent the occurrence of disorder or serious nuisance.

Mr Herlihy will not be able to return to the premises for at least three months.

The police can apply for an extension shortly before the end of the first order in April.

Despite arriving at court on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Herlihy did not hear the order’s application.

After he was refused an adjournment to apply for legal aid, he left the court with his mother who had attended the hearing with him.