Police have shut down a crime-ridden block of flats in south Bristol after families were exposed used needles, blood-soaked tissues and human feaces littered around the stairwells.
The three-month long order was granted at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (May 26) in order to tackle drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour in the communal areas of Millmead House in Hartcliffe.
The order will see areas of the Silcox Road tower block restricted to resident-use only.
Residents and young families that live in the flats have regularly been exposed to used needles, blood-soaked tissues, human faeces and urine in the stairwell areas, said Avon and Somerset Police.
Residents have also been plagued by noisy disturbances, with large groups of people loitering in the halls, as well as fighting.
Avon and Somerset Police worked alongside Bristol City Council to issue warning letters and tenancy action, but to no avail.
The force also also issued an injunction and made arrests prior to the closure of Millmead House.
Anti-social behaviour co-ordinator, Francesca Tween, said: “The anti-social behaviour committed in the communal areas at Millmead house has left residents feeling unsafe and intimidated.
“The closure order was made possible by the support and assistance of local residents and we’re asking them to continue reporting ASB and any breaches of the order to us so we can take any further action.
“We hope this positive outcome will help make Millmead House a safer place for residents and enable them to go about their daily lives without facing fear and intimidation.”