Oxford

Oxford house closed after 150 complaints

The occupants of an Oxford house have been evicted after it was closed following 150 neighbour complaints.

Street fights, shouting, swearing at other residents, drug dealing and sex working were alleged to have happened over two years at the rented property.

Ch Insp Cecilia Agger from Thames Valley Police thanked residents for "taking a stand".

Oxford City Council used a premises closure notice to shut the house in Kersington Crescent for three months.

It is the first time the council have used the power.

'Severe disturbance'

Ch Insp Agger added: "Unfortunately all other means have been unsuccessful so this closure has been obtained.

"Key to this action has been the willingness of residents to come forward to report incidents to the police and council thus allowing sufficient evidence to be collected."

Councillor Bob Timbs, board member for safer communities, said: "These tenants have caused severe disturbance to their neighbours and the community.

"I hope that this will give some respite to the neighbours and that the owner of the property will consider carefully who he places in his property in the future."

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