A house has been shut down by police after the people who lived there made neighbours’ lives hell.
The property was boarded up after Caerphilly council and Gwent Police took legal action following complaints of drug dealing, fighting and loud music from local residents.
The anti-social behaviour plagued the lives of neighbours on Hawthorn Avenue in Hengoed.
Among the issues experienced by residents was the use and sale of drugs, fighting, callers at unsociable hours and foul language used by visitors at the property, as well as loud music.
A closure order, which was issued by Newport Magistrates’ Court on November 22, is now in place which prevents anyone from entering the house unless they are a member of the authorities and will be in force for three months.
It can be extended for a further three months if granted by the court. It is only the second time this action has been taken in the area.
Neighbours living in the street said they were “ecstatic” that the property had been emptied and said they are now looking forward to a quiet Christmas.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It was a question of what they didn’t do, not what they were doing.
“There were people here at all hours of the day and night coming to buy drugs and there was loud music and parties at all hours.
“We’ve had problems of that in nature in the area for some time but we’re happy they have gone.”
Another resident said the noise would prevent her partner from sleeping.
She said: “He’s a truck driver and he wouldn’t be able to get any sleep with all the noise and he said it was like driving a weapon due to him being so tired.”
One resident said his son became too afraid and anxious to leave the house due to the number of people coming to buy drugs from the property and scared someone would approach him.
Councillor Lisa Phipps, Caerphilly council’s member for homes and places, said: “The decision to apply for a full closure order is not one that’s taken lightly and is only the second case of its kind in the county borough.
“In this case, there was a longstanding history of nuisance associated with this property caused considerable problems for neighbouring residents.
“We welcome the court’s decision to grant the order, which will prevent further incidents of nuisance at this property.”