A HOME associated with anti-social behaviour has been sealed up and the tenant moved on.

Officers from Durham Constabulary's, Chester-le-Street Neighbourhood Team have yesterday conducted a Closure Order on a property in the town's Victor Street.

A police spokesperson said: "The anti-social behaviour associated with the premises and the female tenant had been of cause for concern in the community and to local officers.

"There have been repeated calls with regards to loud music, fighting, drunkenness and people coming and going from the address at all times of day and night.

"Police have been working with partner agencies to try to resolve this problem, but unfortunately the tenant and the address has continually come to police attention."

Durham Constabulary legal team along with Sergeant Mel Sutherland yesterday made an application for a Closure Order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014 to take control of the premises and close it down.

In a short uncontested hearing, a District Judge at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court signed the order to have the premises closed.

At 5pm yesterday officers served the order at the premises, with the tenant having already moved out along with all of her belongings.

Sergeant Sutherland, of the Chester-le-Street Neighbourhood team, stated: “Unfortunately, some residents in our community are leading chaotic and dysfunctional lifestyles at the expense of other residents.

“This tenant and her associates have engaged in activities that have had elderly and vulnerable residents living in fear in their own homes.

"This is totally unacceptable and together with our partners we will be taking similar robust action against any household that displays behaviour similar to this case.

“Durham Constabulary is totally committed to supporting residents in having a quality of life and these powers allow the police and local authority to act when residents give us the evidence we need.

“Tonight the residents of Victor Street can sleep sound knowing they will not be disturbed by this tenant.”

“My team will continue to work closely with the landlord to ensure that this situation does not happen again with this property.”

Anyone experiencing any problems of anti-social behaviour that is adversely affecting their quality of life should contact Durham Constabulary on 101.