Men found in closed drug den'

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 January 2006 | UPDATED: 11:27 04 May 2010

TWO men defied a closure notice slapped on a suspected drug den in Little Downham because they wanted to help the occupants move out. Simon Tietz and Wayne Loveridge were found in the garden of the Orchard Estate premises by police officers keeping an ey

TWO men defied a closure notice slapped on a suspected drug den in Little Downham because they wanted to help the occupants move out.

Simon Tietz and Wayne Loveridge were found in the garden of the Orchard Estate premises by police officers keeping an eye on the property in the early hours of the morning - less than 48 hours after the notice was imposed.

The two men - who both have convictions for possession of class A drugs - were before Ely magistrates on Thursday, when they admitted contravening the closure notice.

"These two men are exactly the kind of people who should not go on the premises, because of their association with class A drugs," said prosecutor Matthew Bradbury.

The closure notice on the home of Carl Bond and Chandra Earwaker was put in place on December 14. It meant that all members of the public, except the occupants, are not allowed at the property.

"The notice was to get drug users away from the premises while the occupants were evicted," he explained, "such an order is substantial anti-drug enforcement machinery."

Tietz, 25, of Newmarket Road, Stretham, and Loveridge, 24, of Straight Furlong, Pymore, had been at the Little Downham property when the closure notice was imposed by Insp Adam Gallop on December 14, and they were told to leave and stay away.

But at 1am on December 16 both men were found outside the property, and Ms Earwaker said they had been helping to move boxes.

Mitigating, Jacqui Baldwin said Carl Bond and Chandra Earwaker had wanted to empty their home before a court hearing on December 16, and Tietz had agreed to use his vehicle to transport items. Carl Bond was subject to a curfew order and had to remain indoors, so both defendants had helped move boxes.

Both men were ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work and pay £30 costs.

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