Timeline of drugs and horrific violence which led to Buckland mum being booted out of council house

MISERY plagued the lives of people living near a home used by transient drug dealers.

Monday, 5th August 2019, 11:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th August 2019, 12:36 pm

City council proceedings to evict Lucy Mitchell, 37, started after her involvement in class A drug supply came to light in March last year - with police hot on the trail of anyone linked.

Magistrates yesterday heard a man wanted for a stabbing in Surrey was found at Mitchell’s home.

On November 6 last year a well-known addict living at 87 Watts Road with Mitchell was spotted doing a drug deal near the maisonette.

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Lucy Mitchell, 39, of Watts Road, Buckland

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By November 21 men were banging on the property’s door in an incident thought to have been drug-linked violence.

Then in the new year, on January 14, a ‘group of males were attacking another male with weapons’ inside the home, with one waving a knife. Mitchell told police she had been pushed.

A month later on February 19 a table was chucked and one of the legs thrown at someone in the home.

Lucy Mitchell was leaving her home after police obtained a closure order from Portsmouth magistrates on Wednesday

Then on March 4 a group of men armed with extendable batons and a knife tried to attack another man at nearby Peggotty House, fleeing the scene. One man identified was staying at Mitchell’s home.

In April, three people were spotted leaving and were stopped by police - with one found to have drugs. Police arrived at Mitchell’s upper-floor home just as an addict did.

Police also found a 16-year-old child who had been reported missing from London. The child had drugs in their underwear.

Lucy Mitchell had brought drug dealers, child couriers, violent men and mayhem to the neighbourhood

When officers returned the next day on April 9 they found a person arrested the day before back at the property.

‘Lucy seemed completely disinterested in the seriousness of the incidents at her property and seemed under the influence of drugs,' PC Dan McGarrigle said.

Police went on to seize an axe.

A day later police returned and heard a ‘terrible crash’ as a man hiding in the loft climbed on to a cabinet that collapsed.

Late in April Mitchell called 999 when drug dealers tried to burst into her home. A month later on May 25 police were told men ‘were outside and two were waving samurai swords threatening to beat and stab the occupants’.

In June a 16-year-old boy spotted with a drug addict in an alleyway was chased by police – and found to have a key to Mitchell’s home.

PC McGarrigle said: ‘ hope that those residents can now enjoy their lives not being victims of anti-social behaviour.

‘This closure demonstrates that the police and council work in partnership and will take positive action against those causing anti-social behaviour.’