A man has been given a partial closure order after it was found his home was being used for drugs.

Powder - believed to be Class A drugs - and drugs paraphernalia were seized when police carried out a warrant at the home in Ellis House, Charington Place on Tuesday, January 21.

Police told St Albans Magristrates Court on Thursday, January 30 that the property was being used by people to deal drugs.

After this was proved in court, the householder was given a partial closure order. It means no one can enter the property for three months.

Sergeant Mike Saunders, from the community safety unit, said: “We worked closely with High Town Housing Association to apply for the closure order following complaints by residents about ongoing disruptive and anti-social behaviour.

“We were able to prove that the occupant had allowed his property to be involved in drug use and therefore the court, under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, put the partial closure order on.”

He added: “This means that no-one is able to enter the property apart from the occupant, High Town Housing Association and the emergency services for three months.  A breach of the order is a criminal offence under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.”

A full closure order was placed on an address in Telford Court earlier this month and a partial closure order was placed on a property in Ladies Grove in September last year.

Sgt Saunders added: “We will continue to deal with ongoing anti-social problems and this is one of many options available to us. No-one should have to live near drugs or put up with anti-social behaviour.”