Closure order for Birkenhead flat after anti-social behaviour

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A CLOSURE order has been served on a flat in Birkenhead after reports of drug dealing and other anti-social behaviour.

Wirral Council and Merseyside Police obtained the order on flat 6 at 37a The Woodlands at Wirral Magistrates Court.

The property will remain subject of a closure order for three months.

Under its terms order only the tenant is allowed to live there.

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Anyone entering the flat with no legal entitlement risks arrest and may receive a prison sentence of up to six months or a fine of up to £5,000 – or both.

Breach of a closure order carries a potential prison sentence of six months and a fine of up to £5,000.

Community Inspector Tom Welch said: "We can confirm that a closure order has been put in place at an address on The Woodlands and will be reviewed by officers at its conclusion.

"The order was applied for by Wirral Council with Merseyside Police after an investigation into issues with drugs and anti-social behaviour, and as a result of a poll of local people who were asked what they would like our policing priorities to be.

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"They said drugs and anti-social behaviour, and this closure is a direct response to those concerns.

"The order means nobody other than the tenant can enter the premises for three months. Anyone else found to be on the premises will be subject to arrest.

"We used this power to try to reduce the level of crime reported in the area and to allow the local residents of The Woodlands to enjoy the quality of life they are entitled to.

"I hope this sends a very clear message to offenders that their criminality will not be tolerated, and reassures the rest of the community that we will not stand by and let drug dealers spoil the area for everyone else.

"We will continue to target offenders and any properties associated with them who continue to cause problems for communities across Merseyside, and we will do this using all powers available to us to make the area a safer and more peaceful place to live."