VISITORS have been banned from entering a flat in Bournemouth town centre in an attempt to prevent “serious drug related anti-social behaviour”.

BCP Council and Dorset Police worked together to secure a closure order in relation to the property.

Magistrates sitting in court at Poole on July 28 granted the order in relation to Flat 29, Statum, 2 Wootton Mount, for a period of three months.

Councillor Bobbie Dove, BCP Council portfolio holder for community safety, said: “The closure allows the occupant to remain at the property, but no other visitors are allowed apart from those listed on the order.

“Our anti-social behaviour (ASB) team have been working in partnership with Dorset Police to successfully secure this order to protect victims from serious nuisance and disorder.

Bournemouth Echo: Cllr Bobbie DoveCllr Bobbie Dove

“If you are experiencing ASB, while in your home, at work or out in the local area, then I strongly urge everyone to report it. This can be to the Police, or to our in-house ASB team.”

Cllr Dove said there had been additional investment in the council’s community safety budget.

She said anyone experiencing any difficulties should contact the local authority.

A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: “This order follows repeated reports of anti-social behaviour linked to the address.

“We understand the impact behaviour of this nature has on local communities and officers from the local neighbourhood team have been supporting our local authority partners to assist in securing this order.

“Officers have compiled evidence to put before the court in direct response to the concerns raised by residents and we hope that this order will now limit any impact on them in the future.

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

“We would encourage anyone who has concerns about anti-social behaviour in their community to contact Dorset Police at, via email or call us on 101.”

Closure orders are being used frequently by BCP Council to deal with persistent anti-social behaviour at residential addresses across the conurbation.

Courts can only impose them for a period of three months at a time, meaning if the council wants to keep a property closed down officers must go back before magistrates with a new application.

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