Three houses in Chesterfield have been closed and the tenants required to leave in a case brought by Chesterfield Borough Council after suspected drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.
In a case heard at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on Thursday 14 January, the council was granted closure orders for the properties on Birchen Close, Longshaw Court and Baslow Court.
There was evidence that tenants in all three of these properties had been engaged suspected drug dealing and had caused significant anti-social behaviour for neighbours including noise and abusive behaviour.
District Judge Davison was satisfied that the council had proved that the use of the three premises and the offensive behaviour at the premises had resulted in a serious nuisance to members of the public and it was necessary for the closure orders to be made.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council's cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "We take reports of anti-social behaviour and nuisance very seriously and will take legal action where appropriate.
"In particular, I would like to thank the 13 residents who came forward to give evidence in this case – it is thanks to them that we and the police were able to take action."
Inspector John Turner, Chesterfield Policing Section, Derbyshire Constabulary added: "This is a great result for the community and is a good example of what can be achieved by residents working alongside the police and council.
"It would have been difficult to achieve this result without the community's help and I'd like to thank them for coming forward. I hope that other communities will be encouraged by this and recognise that they can make a difference to their local area by working with us."