Derbyshire property boarded up after suspected drug use

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A property in a Derbyshire town has been boarded up after suspected drug abuse and anti-social behaviour.

North East Derbyshire District Council obtained a three-month court order for a rented dwelling in Eckington after the authority and police received a number of complaints from residents in the area.

The council and the property owners, Guinness Partnership, say they tried on several occasions to talk to the individual to resolve the problems but the tenant refused all contact.

North East Derbyshire District Council’s cabinet member for community safety, Councillor Jeff Lilley, said: “We made several attempts to talk to the tenant and sort out the problems, but they simply would not talk to us. So, in the interests of the community, we obtained a closure order that will remove the problems completely and allow local people to sleep easy at night and enjoy their properties and quality of life.

“It’s simply not acceptable for people to do what they want with no regard for others and this should serve as a warning that we will not put up with crime and anti- social behaviour of any type and we will take the toughest measures at our disposal to tackle the problem.”

Sergeant James Shirley, of Derbyshire police, said: “Anti-social behaviour can ruin people’s lives, this is a great example of communities pulling together to stand up to anti-social behaviour, and utilise the law to make the community better for all.”

The council can also apply for a three-month extension prior to the expiry of the order. It is an offence if any person tries to enter the property.