Closure Order issued at Widnes property

A property plagued by drug dealing has been closed down in Widnes.

Halton Housing Trust and Cheshire Police were successful in an application to close a property on Levens Way, after three positive class a drug raids over the last 18 months.

The Closure Order was made under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, which allows the closure of premises associated with disorder or serious nuisance. The customer, a female drug addict, was served the closure notice on Thursday 26th January.

The customer has now left the property, which will be boarded for at least three months, and relinquished her tenancy. Anyone who enters the house during that time is committing an offence and can be arrested. Large notices have also been stuck on the property explaining why it has been closed down.

A customer has also been evicted from an address at the Churchill Mansions flat block in Runcorn’s Old Town due to drug dealing, thanks to evidence gathered over the last few months. Another property in the same block has been served with a Notice of Intended Eviction, also due to drug dealing.

Mark Harvey, Halton Housing Trust’s tenancy services manager, said: “We hope that the action we’ve taken shows that we will not tolerate any form of anti-social behaviour in our homes or communities. These evictions, and the Closure Order send out a strong message that we have zero tolerance for customers who don’t respect our homes and abide by the law.”