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Residents react to shock heroin find

PUBLISHED: 10:21 09 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 06 July 2010

Police raided an address in Essex Road on Tuesday morning.

Police raided an address in Essex Road on Tuesday morning.

A QUIET terraced street in Lowestoft was woken from its late morning slumber this week, when a police raid uncovered £15,000 of heroin on their doorstep.

A QUIET terraced street in Lowestoft was woken from its late morning slumber this week, when a police raid uncovered £15,000 of heroin on their doorstep.

Residents spoke of their surprise yesterday, after police raided a house in Essex Road on Tuesday morning and uncovered the quantity of heroin. Cash and other items - including a small quantity of what is believed to be herbal cannabis - were also found during the raid.

Yesterday local residents living in the street and adjoining roads were still coming to terms with the raid, which disturbed their usual quiet morning.

One visibly shocked mother said: “These roads are really quiet. I've been in Kent Road for 11 years as it's really nice.

“There has been one or two things recently, with people breaking into sheds and going through the rubbish, but this is worrying.”

Another resident, from the adjacent Rotterdam Road, admitted that it was concerning, but that she had never had any problems in the 28 years she had lived there.

“It is concerning, but what do I do about it? The few people here think that we have nice little community and we look after each other, and keep an eye out when one another goes on holiday,” she said.

However, the raid, which took place at around 11.30am, did not come as a surprise to a number of local people, who spoke of an increasing number of problems in the area recently.

One man from Hill Road said: “My son lived off Essex Road, but moved four to five years ago, because it was getting a bit rough then. So it doesn't surprise me when people have moved out like that, it isn't very nice.”

A local shopkeeper also explained that his shop had been broken into a year ago and that problems had been building once again.

“I'm not surprised - we've been waiting for something to happen,” he said. “Trouble has been escalating over the last few months and lots of sheds have been broken into recently.”

A 47-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were arrested after the raid and the two have been bailed to return to Lowestoft police station on November 17.

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