Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth 'crack house' closed by court

Police outside the property
Image caption A three month closure order has been issued

A property in Portsmouth which had been used as a suspected crack house has been closed down.

Police and Portsmouth City Council said they acted after receiving numerous complaints about the property in Perseus Place, Crookhorn.

A three-month closure order for the property was issued by Fareham magistrates.

The order makes it a criminal offence for any member of the public to enter the house.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said local residents felt harassed and intimidated by callers who would often ring the intercom to any flat to gain entry to the block throughout the day and night.

"The major complaint from all affected was the very loud parties that would take place at the property", the police spokesman said.

"This involved loud music and shouting from those at the address into the early hours of the morning, which would invariably spill into the rear garden of the property affecting all local residents."

The house is owned by Portsmouth City Council but the tenant has not yet been evicted, police said.

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