Kent

Ashford flat sealed under crack house order

A Kent flat has been closed off by police using a Crack House Closure Order.

The top floor flat in Musgrove, Ashford, had been the focus of complaints by neighbours about anti-social behaviour.

Kent Police said the order, which was granted by magistrates, is the first to be made in the town.

Officers thanked residents for helping in the investigation which led to the closure of the property.

Sealed property

Neighbours had complained of constant visitors to the house, day and night, arguing and suspected drug paraphernalia.

The application was made by Kent police and Ashford Borough Council's housing service.

Folkestone magistrates granted a three month closure order on Thursday under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

The property was then sealed by council contractors.

PC Lisa Nightingale said: "I'd like to thank local residents for their time and dedication in helping us to achieve this result.

"I have also worked very closely with the council on this closure and the result is a great example of successful partnership working."

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