Nuisance Kettering flat closed by police

The closure order on the flat.
The closure order on the flat.

Police have boarded up a flat in Kettering which was being used for anti-social activities.

The flat in Tresham Street was made the subject of a closure order at Northampton Magistrates’ Court this morning (Friday) and closed shortly after 2pm.

Police search the property before gaining entrance.

Police search the property before gaining entrance.

Anti-social behaviour officer Terri Turner said: “It was all drug-related, dealing, using and paraphernalia.

“[The person living there] left the door insecure to allow drug dealers in at all hours of the day and night.

“There’s people that have to live elsewhere in the building and go to work and they can’t sleep because of people shouting, screaming and hammering on doors.

“The people who have been using this property have had absolutely no consideration for anyone else.”

Police had to use the 'big red key' to gain entry.

Police had to use the 'big red key' to gain entry.

Police have received several complaints from neighbours about activities at the flat.

One nearby resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “My life has been a misery for the past year.

“I’ve seen needles left on the floor, people urinating on the stairs, people taking drugs and people dealing drugs.

“It doesn’t matter what time it is, there will be people coming and going and screaming and knocking around.

“I work all hours and I’m so happy it’s been closed, so I can finally get some sleep.”

Another man added that the occupant had been the worst neighbour he’d ever had and that he was “going to get the Champagne out”.

The closure means that nobody is allowed inside the flat for the next three months.

To enter is a criminal offence.

Anti-social behaviour officer Lisa Curtis said: “We have to provide evidence that there’s been a nuisance and we’ve got that from neighbours.

“This closure will be popular with people living nearby who have had to put up with constant anti-social behaviour for some time.”