Escalating drug abuse and heavy drinking led Camberwell Magistrates to issue a closure order on a Thornton Heath flat on Monday 19 August.
Croydon Council applied for the three-month order because a tenant of the Crystal Court property had been using drugs in his flat for the past three years and had become a magnet for street drinkers and drug users.
They would congregate near the junction of Thornton Heath High Street and Woodville Road and then disturb other tenants at all hours of the day and at night by shouting up to the perpetrator’s window to gain entry to the block.
Tenants of the Obit Housing Association-owned property found people sleeping in the bin room and cycle store, needles discarded in the bin area and urine and faeces in the communal halls and stairs.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
“Nobody should have to put up with behaviour that leaves them fearful and distressed.
“The council will act to protect everyone’s right to a safe, home environment and those who cause this level of disruption to their neighbours will always face consequences.”
Croydon Council will continue to work with the housing association, police and residents to tackle anti-social behaviour at Crystal Court.