Officers from the Stoke-on-Trent North Neighbourhood Policing Team, along with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, have been successful in their application to close a problem property Hanley.
Yesterday (Thursday 5 May), the house on Denbigh Street was ordered to close for three months until 4 August. It comes in response to persistent reports by local residents of drug use, crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) linked to the address.
The order was granted at Cannock Magistrates’ Court as a result of evidence submitted by officers.
The address is now secure and anyone who tries to enter can be prosecuted.
Sergeant Chris Gifford, of Stoke-on-Trent North (NPT), said: "Over the last few months there has been a large number of reports of drug use, crime and ASB at the address and this has had a detrimental impact on the lives of those living in the area.
“We will use our powers, including those under ASB legislation, to deal with this kind of behaviour. This closure will hopefully see an end to the issues and allow local residents to enjoy their lives in peace.
“Local officers will continue to check on the address to ensure the closure is adhered to and there are no breaches."
If you have been affected by anti-social behaviour in your area, contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or call 101.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or call 999 in an emergency.