TENANTS of a bungalow in Bournemouth have been banned from entering the property after issues of "serious nuisance and disorder".

A closure order has been secured by BCP Council and Dorset Police officers in relation to 67 Western Avenue near Ensbury Park.

The authorities worked together to make an application to Poole Magistrates' Court for the order following the service of a notice at the address.

Magistrates sitting last month granted the measure, which came into force immediately for a period of three months.

The order was made in relation to 'the occupiers' of the property.

A BCP Council spokeswoman said the restriction on entering the address related to people who were the tenants.

"The anti-social behaviour team and Dorset Police have addressed the serious nuisance and disorder taking place at 67 Western Avenue, Bournemouth, by successfully obtaining a full closure order on the property at Poole Magistrates Courts on December 16," the spokeswoman said.

"With a full closure order being granted, all persons are excluded from the premises and will commit a criminal offence if they enter.

"We will always seek to protect victims of disorder and use the powers available to us. We hope in obtaining this order, it shows we will act on issues raised by residents to reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities.

"Anyone with concerns over anti-social behaviour in their community is asked to contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101."

Closure orders have been used by BCP Council more and more in recent years in an effort to tackle anti-social behaviour and nuisance neighbours.

The sanctions, which are imposed by magistrates' courts, allow local authorities and police to close down a premises.

The orders can last for up to three months before the council must go back to the court if they want to prolong the closure.