A PROPERTY in Ellesmere Port which has been plagued by anti-social behaviour and illegal drugs activity has been closed down by police.

On Friday, July 23, officers from Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit (LPU) attended Crewe Magistrates’ Court where they were granted a closure order for a third floor flat on Sutton Way.

The order, which was granted under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, was applied for after officers gathered a catalogue of evidence in relation to numerous issues at the property, including drug related activity and anti-social behaviour.

The occupant of the address, a 47-year-old man, has now been ordered to leave the address and find alternative accommodation.

The property has now been boarded up and will remain so for three months.

Anyone who enters the address during that time is committing an offence and can be arrested.

Police Constable Warwick Evans said: “This closure sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate any sort of behaviour that has such a negative impact on our community and the quality of life of others.

"Over recent months local residents have raised issues about the property with us and complained that it was making their lives a misery.

“The action taken today not only reinforces the message that we are listening to what residents say, but also acts as a warning to others who believe it’s acceptable to behave in such a way.

“I have no doubt that the closure order is the right result for the community and it will have a positive impact on the area, enabling local residents to start to return to normality.”

Anyone with any concerns is encouraged to contact Cheshire Police on 101 or www.cheshire.police.uk/tua.

Alternatively information can be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.