Violence, threats and drug dealing have led to the closure of a house that had become the home of neighbours from hell.
Police stepped in after being repeatedly called to the property due to the behaviour of those linked to it causing “significant alarm”.
The house has now been boarded up and it will be a crime for anyone to enter it in the next three months.
The Runcorn home had become a base for trouble with Cheshire Police receiving complaints ranging from assaults to drug dealing at the property.
Reports of large numbers of people using the Suffolk Street site, abuse being hurled at neighbours and attacks taking place inside led to officers going to court over the home.
A magistrate has now granted a closure order for the house after hearing of the trouble associated with it.
Welcoming the decision PC Andy Maskall, of the Runcorn problem solving team, said: “The behaviour of people inside and outside the house in Suffolk Street has caused those living in nearby properties significant alarm, harassment and distress over a sustained period of time.
“The successful application for the closure order will no doubt give them instant relief and respite.
“The house and those linked to it have plagued the local community.
“Officers have attended the address on numerous occasions to deal with reports of drug dealing, assaults, threats, verbal abuse, loud music being played late at night and more.
“No-one should have to put up with such things in their neighbourhood. We will use the full remit of the law to ensure that they don’t have to, as this case shows.
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“It is another example of our commitment to targeting those who undermine our communities through unacceptable behaviour.”
PC Maskell added: “I hope that the action we have taken provides reassurance to Runcorn residents and serves as a warning to others who incorrectly think that they can persistently make their neighbours’ lives a misery through unacceptable behaviour.”
Anyone who enters the home in the next three months could be arrested and may face up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
*Anyone with concerns over anti-social behaviour can report it to their local police force by calling 101