Drug-fuelled parties behind Gosport closure notice

The house in Alma Street, Gosport, closed down by police
The house in Alma Street, Gosport, closed down by police
  • Police served a closure notice to a house in Alma Street, Gosport
  • It followed late-night parties fuelled by drugs and alcohol
  • Ward councillor Rob Hylands said neighbours had been ‘put through hell and back’
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LATE-night parties fuelled by drugs and alcohol are the reasons behind a house being boarded up.

The property in Alma Street, Gosport, was served with the notice on Thursday following reports of anti-social behaviour by the occupants.

They have been through hell and back with the behaviour of the people frequenting this property.

Ward councillor Rob Hylands

This included noisy, late-night parties fuelled by drugs and alcohol, which police considered to be chaotic and offensive.

It is understood a woman had been living at the address.

Ward councillor Rob Hyland said he is relieved the problem has been dealt with.

‘For several months now I have received complaints from neighbours about anti-social behaviour, threatening behaviour and drug-taking at this property,’ he said. Some of the things that have been going on there have shocked me.

‘I’m relieved that something has finally happened to sort it out.

‘This street is occupied predominantly by good, hardworking families many with young children, and they have been through hell and back with the behaviour of the people frequenting this property.

‘The distress caused to people in this street went far beyond anything that anyone should have to put up with.’

He added: ‘I’d like to thank the police for their help in this matter and for the action that they have taken and especially the community liaison team.’

Councillor Graham Burgess applauded the police for taking action.

‘Why should one person ruin a neighbourhood?’ he said.

‘I applaud the action taken by police and I hope they do this every time we have problems.’

Sgt Lesley Meenaghan of the Gosport Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: ‘A team of officers have worked hard to gather information and evidence following reports of anti-social behaviour at this address.

‘This closure sends out a clear message that we will take reports of this nature very seriously and that this type of behaviour is not tolerated in Gosport.’