A flat in Hemel Hempstead is off-limits after officers achieved a full closure order following reports of anti-social behaviour and suspected drug use.

The property in Figtree Hill, off Queensway, was the subject to a number of calls to police and Dacorum Borough Council regarding the behaviour of the occupants.

Despite the property being privately owned, Herts police gathered evidence and applied for a full closure order, which was granted at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (August 22).

The order prohibits people – other than the emergency services, and utility companies in an emergency – from entering the premises for 12 weeks, and anyone who breaches the order could be arrested.

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"We hope this result will provide some much-needed respite from the chronic issues suffered by neighbours and help improve their quality of life," said Inspector Jeff Scott, from the Dacorum Safer Neighbourhood Team.

"We will not tolerate this type of behaviour so if you have information about suspected drug activity and anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, please don’t hesitate to report it to us because we will take it seriously.

"We will do all we can to prevent it from adversely affecting the lives of decent, law-abiding people who live nearby. I want to further reassure local residents that we will continue to monitor the situation and take further action if necessary."

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or by calling the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.