Concern mounting over suspected activities at property

The Westgate Gardens flats in St Peter's Place

Authorities admit they are concerned about activities in a property close to Canterbury city centre.

There are fears that the building is being used as a base for the dealing of hard drugs including crack and heroin.

The address is the same one linked to a notorious acid attack in St Peter’s Place 18 months ago.

Then it had been used by London dealer Fahad Abdi, who was just 17 at the time, to store cash and drugs in a practice known as cuckooing.

He was jailed in August of 2017 after spraying acid in the faces of three people he believed had stolen money from him.

Acid attacker Fahad Abdi

Two women and a man suffered severe burns to their faces in the incident in February of that year.

The younger of the two women also received injuries which caused damage to her eyesight.

Abdi was jailed for nine years when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court.

Just a year after his sentencing, concern is once again centred on the property he operated from.

Both Canterbury City Council and its arms length management organisation East Kent Housing (EKH) are aware of the suspected activities at the building.

Leo Whitlock, the council’s head of communications, told the Canterbury Journal: “We are aware of the sensitivities around letting properties here in light of recent events and are working hard in the background to find a suitable tenant for a vacant property.

“EKH is also working closely with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area and would urge residents to report any such behaviour to them.”

Westgate ward councillor Mike Dixey is demanding that action is taken over any illegal activity in the property.

The Lib Dem said: “My concern is that not enough is being done to clamp down on the drug dealing.

“I am hoping to set up a meeting with EKH and the police to agree on what actions should be taken.”


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