A HOUSE which has been source of anti-social behaviour has been closed down by police.

The move is in response to an increase in criminal behaviour including drug use and vandalism in the Sydenham Road area of Hartlepool.

The Hartlepool Community Safety Team secured a premise closure notice on the problem address, which will ensure nobody gains access to the property for at least the next 3 months.

Cleveland Police said the measure has only been made possible with the cooperation and support of the landlord and the local community, to attempt to improve the quality of life of those living in the area, the condition of the outside of the property was also having a negative effect on the neighbourhood.

Acting inspector Adrian Dack, of the Hartlepool Community Safety Team, said “We have been looking at this address for sometime and we have tried to work with those living at the address, the help and support given has been ignored, by those living there which has resulted in us taking this action. We are continuing to tackle the issue of the local youths in the area by working with other partners and we can only ask that the residents keep working with us to help us achieve our aims”

For the next three months any persons who enter the address will be committing a criminal offence and can be dealt with accordingly.

  • Anyone breaching the order can be reported to Cleveland Police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. If you wish to contact Hartlepool Borough Council's anti social behaviour team call 01429-523100.