Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Kirkcaldy 'party flat' closed by court order

A "party flat" has been closed down in Fife after police officers were called there 45 times in five months in response to complaints from neighbours.

Police obtained a closure order on the property in Kirkcaldy's Links Street under anti-social behaviour legislation.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court was told the occupier had persisted in allowing the flat to be used for parties.

The tenant has been banned from the premises for the next three months.

Police said the occupier had ignored "numerous warnings and interventions" by Fife Council housing officers, social work staff and police.

Local residents had also started a petition to have the tenant removed.

Insp Neil Henderson said: "This flat became a significant problem over a short period of time, with all attempts to have the occupier control the behaviour of visitors failing.

"The occupier was left in no doubt as to the consequences of allowing this behaviour to continue.

"Neither Fife Council nor Police Scotland will tolerate behaviour which blights our communities in such a way.

"We have the tools under the anti-social behaviour legislation to take positive action, and today's court order is an example of this."

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