A CLOSURE order has been made for an address in Andover following months of drug-related anti-social behaviour (ASB) which has been "absolute hell" for residents.

The property, 12 Carpenters Court in Vincent Drive, had seen ongoing reports of ASB, causing misery for neighbours living in the area.

As a result, Hampshire Constabulary worked with housing association Vivid, which owns the property, to secure a closure order, which was granted by Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, April 19.

A notice has now been put on the front door of the flat to inform people of the order that is in place.

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The property was bought by Vivid using funding from Homes England under a Rough Sleepers Initiative, designed to help get homeless people off the streets.

Following the order being imposed, a post on Test Valley Cops' Facebook page said: “On the 19th April 2023, Officers from the High Harm Team at Andover attended Basingstoke Magistrates' Court and obtained a Full Closure Order for 12 Carpenters Court, Andover. This follows months of drug-related ASB (anti-social behaviour) that has taken place at the property.

"We would like to thank the residents and our partners for their help, support and patience with this process. It has been absolute hell for the residents of Carpenters Court and the closure order will ensure that their lives can go back to normality."

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Beth Holmyard, Neighbourhoods and ASB manager from Vivid told the Advertiser: “This property was purchased using funding from Homes England under a Rough Sleepers Initiative, designed to support homeless people moving from the streets into settled accommodation. In Test Valley, the LA (local authority) provides intensive housing support to help customers with this transition.

“Vivid have been made aware of anti-social behaviour incidents and are taking appropriate tenancy action. The closure order application is a police lead action, and we continue to work closely with the police and other community safety agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour in our communities.”

Police said it takes a “considerable amount of work to collate the evidence from residents and housing” before it can secure a date for the application to be put to the magistrates’ court.