A PROBLEM house in Athersley - infamous for being an anti social behaviour hotspot - has been 'closed' by police and council staff, meaning anyone found there could face legal action.

Police and council officials from Barnsley’s Safer Neighbourhood Service have temporarily 'closed' the house in Athersley Crescent for three months.

The notice, approved under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, means that no one is allowed to enter the house, except police and council officials.

Coun Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “We’ve taken firm action to address persistent reports of antisocial behaviour, noise and criminal behaviour at this address.

“We hope that the closure order will prevent groups of people gathering at the location and improve the quality of the life of our residents. We’re committed to reducing crime and antisocial behaviour and will do what is necessary to make our communities safe

Metal shutters will be placed on the doors and windows to prevent access to the house and after three months, officers and council staff can apply for the order to be extended.