Police have been called to one property more than 30 times in one month, after the residents were said to be ignoring social distancing rules and 'blighting the community with bad behaviour'.
The house, located in Widnes in Cheshire, has had a closure order secured against it, after groups of people were reported gathering in and around it, in a clear breach of lockdown rules.
It means that nobody other than the tenant can go in the house for the next three months - a very clear reminder that police are taking lockdown measures very seriously.
We have secured a closure order for this Widnes house following persistent anti-social behaviour and breaches of coronavirus regulations. As a result, it's an offence for anyone other than the tenant to enter it for the next 3 months.
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Posting on Twitter, Widnes Police said: "Over the past month officers have attended the address in Foster Street on more than 30 occasions, to deal with reports of groups of people gathering inside and outside the house and blighting the community with bad behaviour."
The force also confirmed that they have issued 'persistent visitors' fixed penalty notices for not complying.
Police Constable Ian Prashar, of the Halton Problem Solving Team, said: "The behaviour of people inside and outside the address in Foster Street caused those living in nearby properties significant alarm, harassment and distress.
"I am delighted that the closure order has been secured and I want to thank the members of the public who played a key role in this.
"The information they supplied was crucial in us gathering the evidence needed to secure the order. We want people to be able to live in their homes without having to suffer from the effects of unacceptable issues at neighbouring properties.
"The closure order is another example of our commitment to targeting those who undermine our communities and have a significant detrimental impact on the quality of life of local residents through unacceptable behaviour.
"I hope that this case encourages others to report and give statements regarding such behaviour at properties they live near.
"As this case shows, we will do something about it."
If anyone ignores the closure notice, they can be arrested and could even face a six month jail term, an unlimited fine, or even both.
Superintendent Julie Westgate said: "Everyone should be aware of the need to stay at home to protect the NHS, save lives and stop the spread of Covid-19. It is really encouraging to see that the vast majority of people in Cheshire are doing this, only going out for the essential reasons."
Although the majority of the country are helping the NHS and saving lives by staying at home, this is a further reminder that you're risking your health and freedom by ignoring Covid-19 advice.
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