A derelict house in Wellingborough which had become a magnet for drug users and squatters has been closed by Northamptonshire Police under new legislation.
The neglected property at 111 Midland Road was closed for 48 hours by the police last week (November 17-21) under legislation which came into force in October this year as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Following the police’s actions, magistrates backed a police application to close the property down for a further three months.
Northamptonshire Police is only the second force in the country to use the new legislation.
Inspector Paul Valentine from Northamptonshire Police said: “This building has really fallen into disrepair and become a derelict drugs den and a centre for anti-social behaviour.
“We’ve had many complaints from people who live nearby about its condition, so I’m delighted that we have been able to close it down.
“It is also pleasing that Northamptonshire Police is at the forefront of using this new legislation for the benefit of the whole community.”
Under the new legislation, it is now a criminal offence for anybody who is not authorised to go into the building to enter it.
Officials from Wellingborough Council are now considering whether to use their compulsory purchase powers on the property.