A closure order has been secured for a Hemel Hempstead property, linked to drugs and anti-social behaviour.

The order was granted at St Albans Magistrates' Court yesterday (Tuesday, September 26), and prohibits anyone from entering the address in The Flags for the next 12 weeks.

This order excludes the emergency services and utility companies in an emergency.

Anyone who breaches the order could be arrested, and further action may be taken.


The closure order follows an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary, launched after multiple reports of anti-social behaviour and drug use were received.

An 81-page document, presented to St Albans Magistrates' Court, evidenced drug use and supply and the housing of people wanted by police.

The document also evidenced noise including screaming, shouting and loud banging of doors at night, and vehicles arriving at all times of day and blocking the road.

Sergeant Craig Butler said: "Everyone has the right to live peacefully in their own home and we fully appreciate how upsetting it is when the selfish actions of others are preventing this from happening.

“This is the second closure order we’ve secured in the town in five weeks, and I hope it sends a message to those involved in anti-social behaviour and drug use that we will not hesitate to take this course of action wherever necessary.

“I hope it provides some much-needed respite to all those who have been affected.

“Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour or drug activity in their neighbourhood is urged to please report the details to us so that we can take action to make your community safer.

"Your calls can make a real difference."

Information can be reported online at www.herts.police.uk/ro/report or by calling the police's non-emergency number 101.

Hertfordshire police's online web chat can be acessed by visiting www.herts.police.uk/contact.

Hertfordshire Constabulary's 'echo' platform can be used to advise police on what they should be prioritising in your area.

Anonymous information can be given by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.