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Tunbridge Wells: Tunnel Road house closed by police

By Ed McConnell

A Tunbridge Wells house has become a no-go zone after magistrates issued a closure order.

The Tunnel Road property, which is associated with persistent drug activity and anti-social behaviour, will be shut until October 25.

During that period anyone entering the building risks a fine and up to 51 weeks in prison.

The house has been sealed. Picture Kent Police

The house has been sealed. Picture: Kent Police

Local officers ensured the housing association-owned property was vacated by its residents before securing it against any unauthorised entry.

A sign has been placed on the door with a warning that it is an offence to enter.

Sgt Dave Higham said: "We have received 25 separate calls about this address over the past 14 months.

"Residents who live in the road, including families with young children have endured persistent anti-social behaviour, often involving groups of people visiting the property, at all hours.

"There have been frequent complaints around drugs use, loud music and also intimidation and the property has been visited by police on a number of occasions. 

"Ultimately, these types of issues can make people’s lives a misery and we hope the work undertaken to gather a case for this order will reassure the community that we do not tolerate it and we will respond with appropriate action.

"We are grateful for the support shown by partner agencies and residents and we will continue to actively pursue orders on other properties if they are associated with ongoing incidents of anti-social behaviour or drug activity."

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