POLICE have 'closed' a flat in Cudworth renowned for being an anti-social behaviour hotspot - meaning anyone entering who isn't allowed to could face a prisons sentence.

Under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, the flat, in Crown Avenue, will be closed until early November, with only the occupant, Barnsley Council employees and other officials allowed inside of the house.

PC Stacey Fieldsend, said: “Working alongside the council and Berneslai Homes, we have been able to act on concerns raised regarding antisocial behaviour at this address.

“A closure order allows us to not only make the area a safer and more enjoyable place to live, but also allows us to protect members of the community by preventing antisocial behaviour.

“Anyone found to be entering the flat over the next three months who isn’t allowed to, could face prosecution and ultimately a prison sentence.”

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities at Barnsley Council, said: “This is another great example of how working in partnership, we can achieve positive results for our communities.“We know antisocial behaviour can create many problems for residents. Together with South Yorkshire Police we’re taking the actions needed to address these problems and make our neighbourhoods better places for everyone.”In November, if deemed appropriate, officers can apply for the order to be extended. The order was granted at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 3 August.