MAGISTRATES have slapped a ban on people entering a property after years of drug use and anti-social behaviour which left neighbours frustrated and distressed.

A Closure Order was granted for the address in St Johns Gardens in Newbury on Thursday, March 1.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "During this time local residents have been affected for long periods which has impacted on their own quality of life.

"The Closure Order was issued to protect both the tenants and neighbouring residents from continued activity and anti-social behaviour."

Only tenants, police officers, West Berkshire Council and members of the housing association will be allowed to enter the property for the next three months.

PC Peter Duffy, anti-social behaviour co-ordinator for West Berkshire Police Area, added: "Thames Valley Police will continue to use these powers where applicable, whether that is a partial closure or a full house closure.

"We take such reports seriously and have used the relevant anti-social behaviour legislation to provide this community with some much needed respite."

Reading Magistrates' Court imposed the order after widespread complaints from residents about disorder over several years.

Luke Bingham, divisional director at Sovereign Housing, said: "We understand the harm and distress anti-social behaviour can cause and will not tolerate this kind of behaviour.

"As well as investigating reports thoroughly, we will work with our residents, the police and the local authority in order to take strong action to tackle it.

"We are pleased the Closure Order was granted by the court, and we will continue to work with our partners and our residents to make sure any anti-social behaviour in the area has come to an end."