A COURT order banning people from a property in Reading follows an 'unprecedented' amount of complaints about drug dealing.

Thames Valley Police said it had been inundated with reports of drug dealing and possible cuckooing - taking over a person's property to facilitate exploitation.

It relates to a property in Brunswick Street, Reading, where a partial closure order is now in place.

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The force said the order bans anyone other than specified persons listed on the order from entering the property for a period of three months.

Anyone caught ignoring the order could be fined, given a prison sentence, or potentially both.

PC Colin Boyes, based at Reading station, said: “We received an unprecedented amount of complaints regarding the address. In response, work was conducted with local residents and partner agencies in order to address the matter.

"We recognise the impact that this behaviour can have on the surrounding community and we hope that this Partial Closure Order will reassure residents in the area that this behaviour will never be tolerated.”

The order was granted by Reading Magistrates Court under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Disorder Act 2014.