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Widnes house closed down following reports of persistent ASB and drug related activity

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A house in Widnes which was plagued by anti-social behaviour and drug related activity has been closed down thanks to the work of local officers.

On Thursday 21 October officers from the Northern Problem Solving Team attended Chester Magistrates’ Court where they were granted a closure order for a house in Brookdale.

The anti-social behaviour stemming from the property included groups of people coming and going at all hours, noise complaints and reports of a dog which was out of control.

There have also been reports of drug dealing at the address and possible links to County Lines.

Police Constable Ian Prashar, of the Northern Problem Solving Team, said: “The behaviour of people at this address has been totally unacceptable and has caused those living in nearby properties significant alarm, harassment and distress.

“I have no doubt that the order is the right result for the community and that it will have a positive impact on the area, and I want to thank the members of the public who played a key role in this.

“The information they supplied was crucial in us gathering the evidence needed to secure the order.

“We want people to be able to live in their homes without having to suffer from the effects of unacceptable issues at neighbouring properties.

“The closure order is another example of our commitment to targeting those who undermine our communities and have a significant detrimental impact on the quality of life of local residents through unacceptable behaviour.

“I hope that this case encourages others to report and give statements regarding such behaviour at properties they live near.

“As this case shows, we will do something about it.”

Officers will conduct regular checks of the property over the next three months to ensure that the order is not breached.

If anyone is found to have breached the order they could be arrested and face up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

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