A COURT has closed a Poole council house after neighbours said dealers were using the address to sell drugs.

129 Egmont Road in Hamworthy will be closed to all but its current occupier for three months after magistrates heard claims of repeated problems at the property.

The landlord and officials from Poole Housing Partnership also have permission to enter.

BCP Council went to Poole Magistrates' Court to secure the closure order after complaints of drug misuse and dealing, as well as loud noise and 'numerous' visitors to the property.

Neighbours were caused a 'persistent nuisance and disturbance' as a result of the issues at the house, it was heard.

As a result, magistrates agreed to the three-month closure.

Councillor Lewis Allison of BCP Council said although the tenant is allowed to remain, all others are excluded – and anyone who breaches the order can be arrested and brought before the courts.

“We take complaints of anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance very seriously," he said.

"Residents have the right to enjoy a peaceful life. They should be able to do this without fear of others causing a persistent problem that leads to extreme stress, and which impacts on their health and wellbeing.

"I am delighted at the court’s decision in this matter."