Cheshire police officers secured an official court order to close down a flat in Chester that was causing ‘issues’ for neighbours.
Officers had received an increasing number of calls to the two bedroom property in Charlotte Court at all times of the day and night, and said that neighbouring residents had been left feeling ‘scared and intimidated’ by activity at the flat.
There had been a number of complaints and evidence of drug related activity at the address, which is part of Muir Group Housing Association.
Yesterday (Thursday, June 30), a closure order was approved at West Cheshire Magistrates Court and police were able to close the property under powers from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The order means nobody is allowed into the property for a period of three months, and anyone who does enter is liable to be arrested and receive up to six months in prison, a £5,000 fine, or both.
Sgt Andy Smith, from Chester LPU, told The Chronicle that regular checks of the premises will be conducted over the next three months to ensure the order is not breached.
“This closure order came about as a result of complaints and evidence of drug related activity at the address,” he explained.
“Feedback from residents has been very positive. They are saying they are already feeling the benefits of recent and today’s police action. This latest closure reinforces the commitment that the police and partner agencies have in targeting those people who undermine our communities through their involvement in illegal drugs and anti-social behaviour.
“We are committed to protecting the community from drug related crime and anti-social behaviour and today’s action is intended to send a very clear message that drug dealing in any form will not be tolerated.”
Sgt Smith added: “Quality of life for our community is of paramount importance; our action in this instance has demonstrated our commitment.
“I urge anyone who is concerned about anti-social behaviour and drug related crime in their local community to contact us on 101.”
Mark Pearson, assistant director of communities and customer service at Muir Group Housing Association, added: “Muir Group Housing Association welcomes the partnership it has developed with police in order to proactively resolve anti-social behaviour and keep communities safe.”