POLICE have taken action in Park South after “persistent nuisance and disorder” linked to a group of youngsters.

An address in Kemerton Walk was slapped with a partial closure order – granted at Swindon Magistrates’ Court this week – over criminal activity and antisocial behaviour in the area.

Officers from the Swindon South Community Policing Team submitted the application, citing the “significant impact on the local community”.

The order prevents anyone, apart from the occupants and two relatives, from entering the property. Anyone else found there for the next three months will be committing a criminal offence and may be arrested.

CPT Neighbourhood Officer PC Samuel Whettam said: “We are pleased the court has recognised the serious impact the attendance and conduct of criminal groups at this address has been having on both the occupants and the local community. 

"The application of the partial closure order has allowed us to promptly respond to the local community concerns and provide additional policing powers to tackle the problems.

“We believe this will have an immediate, and significant impact, in the community, providing some much-needed respite to the issues experienced, in addition to protecting the vulnerable occupants from being exploited by the group.   

“Community Policing Team officers will continue to conduct regular welfare checks at the address to ensure the order is being adhered to and the welfare of the occupants is not being put at risk.”