Police have imposed a Closure Order on a property in Southampton under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act.
The order means that only the landlord or anyone accompanying them will be allowed to enter the address for the next three months. If anyone else does, they will be committing a criminal offence and can be arrested.
Once the order came into effect, officers will attend with the landlord to allow them to secure the premises.
Hampshire Constabulary applied for the order to address concerns around anti-social behaviour at the property, and PC Lynette Chant says: "We’ve received a number of reports in recent months about anti-social behaviour at the address, which has caused misery for neighbours.
“We took action to improve the lives of local residents and would like to thank the community for their support and patience while we worked with partners to get the evidence to secure this order.
“These types of closures are not straightforward, as it ultimately means someone is moved out of their home.
“However, in instances like these we will do all we can to stop anti-social behaviour and the enormous impact it creates.”
Southampton council housing spokesman Councillor Spiros Vassiliou says: “Together with our partners, we want to reduce crime and disorder, anti-social behaviour and high harm behaviour that adversely affects communities, the environment and businesses in the city.
“We know that anti-social behaviour can cause distress for those who experience it and we will continue to work with Hampshire Constabulary to address these issues.”
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