House closed by police described as a ‘nightmare’

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NEIGHBOURS have spoken out about how they were subjected to months of nuisance behaviour by a resident and her friends.

Hampshire Constabulary issued an anti-social behaviour closure order at an address in Alma Street, Gosport.

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

It comes after months of anti-social behaviour which included trespassers in neighbour’s gardens and strangers wandering into homes.

A 52-year-old woman, who lives in the street but did not want to be named, said: ‘It was a nightmare.

‘I’ve had people jump into my garden and into other people’s gardens so they could get into that house from the back.

‘I’ve had people wander into my house asking where the woman who lived at that address is.

‘There were syringes left outside the house and there was always trouble.

‘I started noticing it about 18 months ago, it gradually became worse.

‘I’d like to say I’m glad she has been moved out, but it also means other people will now have to live with her.

‘She will now be causing a disturbance elsewhere and that’s not right either.’

Another neighbour, who also wished to remain anonymous, was pleased the notice had been served.

He said: ‘This has gone on long enough and I’m happy it’s been sorted now.’

The closure was issued yesterday.

The house is boarded up and carries a police notice explaining the closure.

It comes after the force continually had reports of anti-social and nuisance behaviour at the address.

The order, under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014, means the house will be closed for three months.

PC David Sloan said: ‘We had received a number of complaints regarding anti-social and nuisance behaviour at this address.

‘This sort of activity will not be tolerated in our communities.

‘We will use the powers available to us to disrupt and put a stop to behaviour that has a detrimental impact on those who live in our neighbourhoods.’