Cheshire Constabulary has applied to the courts to shut down a house in Ellesmere Port following numerous complaints of drug use and anti-social behaviour.

Officers from Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit served a notice on the property on Gawsworth Road on Monday (November 28).

But the force’s application for a closure order had to be adjourned at Chester Magistrates Court on Tuesday (November 29), so the tenant’s solicitor can call witnesses.

Magistrates did grant the continuation of the police’s temporary closure notice, however, which will remain in force until December 12, when they will consider making the Cheshire West and Chester Council-owned property off limits to everyone.

The notice states: “The court is satisfied that the continuation of the closure notice is necessary to prevent the nuisance or disorder from continuing, reoccuring or occuring.”

Anyone who does not ‘habitually’ live at the house but tries to gain access to it between now and December 12 is liable to arrest and may be fined or could find themselves facing up to six months' imprisonment.