THE tenant of a flat in Christchurch has been banned from entering the property after it was closed by the courts.

Work by Dorset Police, BCP Council and housing association Sovereign led to a three-month closure order in relation to 22A Edward Road in Somerford.

This follows anti-social behaviour (ASB) and disorder issues at the Sovereign managed address. A housing association official said it was hoped the closure order would provided “much-needed respite” to the community.

Dave Bull, operational head of tenancy for Sovereign, said: “We hope that this closure order and partnership working sends a clear message that we’ll do everything we can to help people retain tenancies, but persistent, impactful and ongoing nuisance in our communities won’t be ignored.”

The authorities made the application at a Poole Magistrates’ Court hearing on Wednesday, November 10. The bench granted the order, which stated the premises should be closed immediately and remain so for three months.

Dorset Police said this meant only officers and the housing association were allowed to access the property.

A force spokesperson said: “Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team have been working with the local authority and housing association to compile evidence to put before the court following concerns raised by residents in relation to anti-social behaviour at the property.

"Dorset Police remains committed to taking action in response to concerns of this nature that are raised by residents.”

A BCP Council spokesperson said the local authority has powers to take action in situations where there is evidence of significant ASB and disorder relating to a property.

“In situations where there is evidence of serious ASB and disorder agencies work in partnership to determine the most appropriate ways to deal with the situation,” the spokesperson said.

“Agencies follow an escalation process to ensure all possible interventions are considered and appropriate action is taken to protect victims and communities from harm.”

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