Police and council teams worked together to shut down a drugs den house which has blighted the lives of neighbours.
The property in Manifold Gardens, The Meadows, Nottingham, had become a magnet for criminal activity in the area including drug use, prostitution and serious antisocial behaviour.
Officers from The Meadows Neighbourhood Policing Team joined Nottingham City Council's ASB team to assist in the boarding up the house on Monday (26 June).
Neighbourhood police worked with the Antisocial Behaviour Enforcement Team at Nottingham City Council to successfully apply for a Closure Order at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court - making it an offence for anyone to enter or remain on the premises with the exception of emergency services, the landlord or authorised representative.
Anyone who breaches the order - including the previous occupants - will be committing a criminal offence and liable to a fine or imprisonment. The order will be in place for three months with a possible extension to six months.
Sergeant Richard Hunter, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This property had become a focus for drug-related criminality and antisocial behaviour.
“Neighbouring residents were left living in fear, and having spoken to them personally I know they are extremely relieved that we have now been able to take such decisive action to protect them.
“I hope they now feel safer within their community and can get on with their lives.”
Principal Enforcement Officer Laura Bland said: “My enforcement officers have worked tirelessly with the Meadows Beat Team, Nottingham City Council Housing Services and the local community to take robust action to offer much needed respite to the local community from the serious nuisance and disorder at the property.”
“This has only been possible through exemplary partnership work between the police and the council."