Occupants of a Derbyshire house notorious for being a magnet for anti-social behaviour, crime and drug taking have been forcibly evicted.
A court order has been obtained to kick out the residents out of a property in Glebe Avenue, Pinxton, and it is an offence for anyone to step foot inside.
Long-suffering neighbours have breathed a sigh of relief now that Bolsover District Council have boarded up the house.
Residents of Glebe Avenue have been subjected to instances of crime, anti-social behaviour and drug taking all coming from the property.
Despite multiple attempts by the council to solve the issues, the problems persisted and the quality of life of people in the area continued to suffer.
The former occupants have now been evicted and the house will stand empty for the next few months.
One resident of the street expressed her relief that the problem has been solved.
She said: “It’s been a nightmare, there was always something going on that house, it was so disruptive to the entire neighbourhood.”
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Clive Moesby said: “This was a huge problem which was causing distress to the local communities – distress that no-one should have to put up with.
“It’s never nice for anyone to have to put up with anti-social behaviour day and night so we had no hesitation in using the Closure Power legislation.
The closure order will remain in place for three months, making it an imprisonable offence for anyone to step foot inside the property.
During this time, the council will look to take possession of the property in an effort to prevent any similar behaviour from continuing.
Cllr Moseby added: “This should serve as a warning to others that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour and we will use whatever powers and action are appropriate and available to us.
“Our local communities can now sleep easy at night and enjoy their homes knowing that the problem has been sorted.”
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Local councillor for Pinxton, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “I am delighted with this outcome. Issues like this can be lengthy and take time to resolve, but thankfully the wait has been worth it and the local community can get back to normality now.”