A HIGHBRIDGE property has been shut down for three months by police in a bid to disrupt local drug activity.

The property on Ladd Close, Highbridge, was slapped with a closure order by North Somerset Magistrates Court on June 26 after police discovered it was used as a base for local drug activity and was a hotspot for anti-social behaviour.

A recent drug warrant executed by police had found drugs, paraphernalia and weapons in the address where the occupants were arrested for drug offences.

Cerwyn Pritchard, anti-social behaviour co-ordinator who led the investigation on behalf of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “We welcome the court’s decision to grant this closure order. Anti-social behaviour significantly impacts people’s quality of life.

“Working very closely with the housing association LiveWest who supported our closure application, we sought possession of this property in order to prevent any further anti-social behaviour in this neighbourhood.

"The conduct of this resident has had a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of their neighbours, to the point where some felt afraid to continue living a normal life in the area.

"Many neighbours were often too afraid of reprisals to come forward as witnesses, so we would like to convey our gratitude to the anonymous witnesses who bravely came forward to take a stand against the anti-social behaviour where they live.

"Their statements were vital in allowing us to take action against this resident.

“The use and supply of drugs from an address can have a huge negative impact on those living nearby due to the anti-social behaviour that invariably comes with this type of criminality.

"The closure sets a clear reminder to members of the community that if they tell us about issues they will be dealt with to improve their quality of life in the area they live and work in.

“This will hopefully send a message clear message to people that are allowing drug dealers to operate or use their address that it will not be tolerated and action will be taken against them.”