A 24-year-old tenant can no longer to live in his home after police found suspected class A drugs and items thought to be stolen.

Officers closed the home in Telford Court, St Albans, last Friday (January 3) due to reports of anti-social and drug-related behaviour.

The man was arrested on December 12 on suspicion of shoplifting which led officers to search his home.

He has been charged with a theft from a shop and theft of a bicycle.

St Albans safer neighbourhood inspector Andy Wiseman said: “No-one should have to put up with this kind of behaviour where they live.

“We worked closely with the council and residents to find out exactly what was happening, so we could find a longer-term solution to the problems.”

The full closure order means no one can enter the house for three months and anyone who does will be arrested.

He has been bailed to attend St Albans Magistrates court on January 18. He remains under investigation for the drugs offence.

Leader of St Albans City and District Council Cllr Chris White said: “The closure order shows we are determined to take action against anyone involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

“We were alerted to the problem at Telford Court by other residents and responded as quickly and robustly as we could.

“Our priority is to ensure our tenants and leaseholders enjoy a safe environment without having their daily lives disrupted by illegal activities of others.”

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