A court has ordered the closure of a town-centre building following regular complaints of criminal behaviour from residents.

It comes after repeated reports of disorderly, offensive and criminal behaviour, as well as serious nuisance, by neighbours of the property on John Street, Workington.

The Order has been made under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which District Judge Chalk granted earlier today.

Under the court order, the building will now remain closed, and nobody is allowed to enter or stay at the property for three months.

Sergeant Scott Adams said: “I am pleased the Court has taken into account the amount of disruption and misery caused to the local community and I’m sure it will be a relief for them to know that this property has now been closed for the next few months.

“This closure is necessary to protect innocent members of the community who want to enjoy a peaceful private life.

“A lot of work between officers and the Constabulary’s Legal Services department has gone into putting a strong case together to present to the Court and we are happy with this outcome.”