A closure notice has been granted to tackle anti-social behaviour and drugs at a Witham property.
The notice, which was granted by Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday, March 9, prohibits anyone except the tenant from entering the flat in Cypress Road, Witham, and any outbuildings linked to it.
It also bans access to the communal stairwell and balcony to anyone apart from other residents in the block of flats and anyone they give express or implied permission to. This does not extend to the property subject to the closure notice.
Anyone caught breaching the order will be arrested.
Essex Police – working in partnership with Greenfields Housing and Family Mosaic Housing – applied for the closure notice due to issues around drug supply and associated anti-social behaviour.
Police executed two search warrants of the property under the Misuse of Drugs Act on January 18 and February 9, following complaints about anti-social behaviour.
They seized a quantity of cocaine, crack cocaine and cannabis.
Two men have been arrested.
A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs and possession of drugs with intent to supply.
A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply.
Both were released on bail until Sunday, April 30 pending further enquiries.
Pc Jenna French said: “There has been ongoing anti-social behaviour at the property since November 2016 that has had a detrimental effect on the day-to-day lives of the residents living in the immediate area.
“This has led to residents being afraid to leave their homes and feeling intimidated by the people visiting the property.
“Many have been left feeling anxious and it has affected their quality of life.
“Together with Greenfields and Family Mosaic, we have responded to the concerns raised by local residents and executed two warrants, which have led to two people being arrested. In order to prevent further problems, local officers have sought the closure notice, which was successfully granted this morning. This is an example of not only multi-agency working, but also residents taking action to improve their own communities by working with us.”