POLICE have shut down a drug den.

Violence and antisocial behaviour had been happening for months at the property in Robinson House, High Street, Crawley.

But a closure order on the flat was enforced by Crawley magistrates on Wednesday preventing anyone from entering it.

A number of flats around Sussex, including in Brighton and Worthing, have been shut down for similar reasons in recent months.

Bryony Lewin-Playford, Sussex Police’s antisocial behaviour and hate crime co-ordinator, said: “The issue of a closure order on the flat in Robinson House follows a number of incidents of anti-social behaviour, reports of drug taking and an assault at the location over recent months.

“We listened to the concerns from residents regarding the problems the occupants and those visiting the flat have been causing and this closure will help prevent this behaviour from continuing.

“The Crawley Prevention Team and partner agencies will work together to tackle issues such as these and work towards a long-term and sustainable solution.

“This would not have been possible however, without the assistance from the public in reporting these issues to us. We are urging the communities to continue to report matters to us so that robust action can be taken.”