POLICE have secured the first closure of a suspected ‘crack house’ in Huntingdonshire.

POLICE have secured the first closure of a suspected 'crack house' in Huntingdonshire.

Police applied for the home in Sandfields Road, St Neots, to be closed following reports from residents of drug use at the property.

The Neighbourhood Policing Team, along with the Crime Action Team, put a closure notice on the property on Wednesday under section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. It follows a raid at the property last week.

Peterborough Magistrates' Court granted the application today (Friday) after hearing from police and statements from residents living nearby.

The tenant did not attend the hearing.

Anyone entering the property during the next two months faces six months in prison and/or a fine.

Detective Sergeant Chris O'Brien said: "It has taken just 10 days from the day of the warrant to secure a closure order on this property.

"This should send a clear warning that anyone suspected of using their property for drug use faces being evicted.

"We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and will use all the powers at our disposal to ensure people who think such activity is acceptable will be punished."