Two properties in Peterborough are to be closed after Peterborough City Council was granted a premises closure order for the homes under the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act.
It is the first time that the authority has applied for and been granted the order which allows either a council or the police to close a domestic premises if there has been criminal or disorderly behaviour there.
The order relates to 153 and 155 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, and was imposed by a judge at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court after the council, working in partnership with Peterborough NPT, gathered evidence to show tenants there were engaging in anti-social behaviour including drug use and prostitution.
When officers inspected the properties they also found substantial interior damage including doors and units ripped from walls and wiring hanging loose.
The order prevents anyone but named officials from entering the property for the next three months and anybody in breach of the closure will face the prospect of a fine or jail sentence.
Councillor Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The fact that this is our first ever closure order demonstrates how severe a case this was.
“This is an excellent example of partnership working and demonstrates that we do not tolerate Anti-Social Behaviour and will not hesitate to take appropriate swift and effective action when it is brought to our attention.
“We are certain that this order will result in some much-needed peace and quiet for neighbouring properties in the street.”