Nightmare neighbours who subjected nearby residents to frightening behaviour including drug use and fighting involving knives and machetes have been kicked out of their property.

Neighbours were so fearful they stopped using their front doors or going out after dark.

The couple who lived in the rented property on Jackson Street in Brotton, East Cleveland must now move out after magistrates closed the house.

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Teesside Magistrates Court heard how neighbours complained about the couple in January.

The house’s windows were put through twice, there was alleged drug dealing and use and fighting involving weapons such as machetes, knives and bats and even the mention of firearms.

Armed police descended on the street on three separate occasions.

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The couple are said to have ignored warnings from the council and Cleveland Police despite several arrests of the male resident and his associates.

Residents were threatened and feared for their safety, the court heard.

There were more than 30 incidents of violent and anti-social behaviour at the house over a three month period.

The property will now be closed down for three months.

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Following the Court Order Robert Hoof from Redcar and Cleveland Council, said: “Law-abiding, decent people deserve to live in peace without fear in their own home and street and our highly dedicated officers working closely with colleagues in Cleveland Police will continue to do what it takes to make sure that happens

“A decision to apply for a Closure Order is never taken lightly but, at the same time, we won’t hesitate to do so to protect the public.

“I’d like to thank residents for their cooperation. This has not been an easy process due to the levels of fear they’ve had to endure and this successful outcome at court would not have been possible without them.”