'Drugs haven' house boarded up

A COUNCIL house in Shirebrook has been boarded up for three months after it became a haven for anti-social behaviour and drug-related crime.

Bolsover District Council obtained a Closure Order for the property on Market Close after applying to Chesterfield magistrates.

The court was told of repeated anti-social behaviour and drug-related criminality at the house, where there were often up to 20 people inside.

The order, obtained under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act, means anyone who enters or tries to get into the property faces a six month prison sentence.

Bolsover District Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety Coun Brian Murray-Carr, said: "The local community had simply had enough of the problems created by this property and its occupants.

"No-one should have to live with problems such as drug dealing, violence and foul language on their doorstep and hopefully life in this area can get back to normality now. I would like to thank all the agencies involved, along with members of the community who have provided statements and information which have all been key in helping us get this Closure Notice."

Bolsover Community Safety Partnership Sergeant Paul Smith said: "This is an excellent example of how the police and local authority are working in partnership."

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