Police and housing association work together to tackle anti-social behaviour in Chester Date published: 1st July 2016 1.57pm

Officers from Chester Local Policing Unit have been working with Muir Group Housing Association to close a house that was causing issues for residents in the city.

On Thursday 30 June police closed a property in canal basin area of Chester under powers from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The closure order was approved at West Cheshire Magistrates that same day.

The court order means that no-one is allowed into the property for a period of three months, and anyone who does enter is liable to arrest and up to six months′ prison, or a £5,000 fine, or both.

Sgt Andy Smith, from the Chester LPU, said: "This closure order came about as a result of complaints and evidence of drug related activity at the address.

“Feedback from residents has been very positive. They are saying they are already feeling the benefits of recent and today's police action. This latest closure reinforces the commitment that the police and partner agencies have in targeting those people who undermine our communities through their involvement in illegal drugs and anti-social behaviour.

"We are committed to protecting the community from drug related crime and anti-social behaviour and today′s action is intended to send a very clear message that drug dealing in any form will not be tolerated."

Over the next three months regular checks of the premises will be conducted to ensure the closure order is not breached. 

Sgt Smith added: "Quality of life for our community is of paramount importance; our action in this instance has demonstrated our commitment.

"I urge anyone who is concerns about anti-social behaviour and drug related crime in their local community to contact us on 101."

Mark Pearson, Assistant Director of Communities and Customer Service at Muir Group Housing Association said: “Muir Group Housing Association welcomes the partnership it has developed with police in order to proactively resolve anti-social behaviour and keep communities safe.”