A HOUSE taken over by drug dealing and sex workers has been partially sealed by order of a magistrates' judge – after neighbours raised concerns to the police.

The order on a house in Curzon Street, Reading, was granted on Friday, October 6, by Reading Magistrates' Court under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Disorder Act 2014.

Police applied for the order against the property following complaints from neighbours.

The partial closure prevents anyone other than the specified persons listed on the order from entering the property for a period of three months.

Anyone who enters the house will commit an offence and would be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment, a fine, or both.

An extension on a partial closure order for Brixham Road has also been granted to help protect local residents, according to neighbourhood authorities.

Curzon Street received a partial closure order to shelter a vulnerable male from drug dealers and sex workers.

The aim is to stop exploitation at both addresses which is distressing their communities.

Closure notices increase police presence, making unauthorised visitors liable to arrest, noted local officials.