A drugs den in Ellesmere Port which has caused ‘severe distress’ to neighbours has been shut down by the courts.
The closure order was granted for the Gawsworth Road property at Chester Magistrates Court on Monday (December 12), following an application by Cheshire Constabulary in a bid to tackle the persistent drug dealing and anti-social behaviour the force has received numerous reports of over a ‘prolonged’ period of time.
Nobody is allowed to enter the house for the next three months, including its tenant of the past 30 years Christine Robbins, who did not attend court for the hearing.
Police served a temporary closure notice pending the outcome of the civil proceedings back in November, but magistrates heard that neighbours had reported seeing drug deals taking place outside the property and that two women breached the notice by going inside over the past few weeks.
Speaking after the hearing, Inspector Ian Stead – of Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit – said: “I am happy that this order will protect the public from the behaviour that has been exhibited by the tenant at the property, which has caused severe distress to the community.
“This is a sustained and prolonged period of behaviour that local residents have had to put up with.”
The house, which is managed by Plus Dane Housing, has now been boarded up.
Anyone who is concerned about suspicious activity taking place in their community should contact police on 101.