A COUNCIL home in Colchester town centre has been closed after residents raised concerns about drug-related anti-social behaviour.

Colchester Borough Homes was granted a closure order by Colchester Magistrates’ Court for nine Roger Browning House, in Maidenburgh Street, in the town’s Dutch Quarter.

The closure notice prohibits anyone from entering or spending any time at the property.

Anyone who breaches the order will be liable to arrest and could even face imprisonment.

Colchester Borough Homes’ antisocial behaviour team were supported by officers from Essex Police to close off the premises on Wednesday.

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A spokesman for Colchester Council said: “Following complaints of drugs-related antisocial behaviour at nine Roger Browning House and protracted, but ultimately unsuccessful, efforts to change the tenant’s behaviour, we have been left with no option but to serve a closure order on the property and seek a possession order.

“We take complaints of antisocial behaviour very seriously and will always work with the police to safeguard neighbourhoods.

“This action shows we are committed to supporting safer communities and improving the quality of life of local residents.”

In the past residents have raised concerns about the historic area of the town being a hotbed for drug activity due to its proximity to the centre.

A spokesman for Essex Police said the force was working with the council to crack down on disruptive behaviour.

A spokesman said: “Through joint work between housing and the community policing team it was found the property was responsible for incidents of anti-social behaviour, disorderly and criminal behaviour which was having a detrimental effect on the residents and community within Colchester Town Centre.

“The closure order prohibits anyone from remaining or entering the property.

“We will not tolerate anti-social or criminal behaviour and will use all available tools at our disposal to ensure the safety and peace of local residents and communities.”