Concerns have been raised about the state of a closed pub which has fallen into disrepair again.

Neighbours near The Crumpled Horn in Eldene complained about the mess around the shuttered venue which has been part of the area for more than 50 years and features a Grade II-listed roof.

The building has closed and reopened several times in recent years due to problems with upkeep, trade, and crime.

The site became a hotspot for antisocial behaviour after it closed in May 2019 as overgrown weeds and tossed-away litter filled the empty garden.

Admiral Taverns took charge of the pub from previous owners Star Pubs in February 2020, and then found new leaseholders in October.

Those tenants left in the summer of 2022 and were succeeded by Ian Clark and Jane Jeapes in November that year.

In March 2023, Wiltshire Police issued a six-week closure order on the pub after men with machetes entered the premises.

In May that year, Swindon Borough Council removed the landlady from her role as designated premises supervisor but let the pub retain its premises licence despite police requesting to have it shut down because of the amount of drug dealing, organised crime gang gatherings, and other illegal activity taking place there.

A police spokesperson said at the time: “The Crumpled Horn has been allowed by the persons who run it to become a hub of criminal activity. It poses a serious risk to members of the community.”

Since then, it has been boarded up and left in limbo.

Last August, used needles and drug paraphernalia were found strewn around the steps, prompting concerns from parents who took their toddlers to the community centre and nursery next door.

In recent weeks, members of an Eldene Facebook group have described the site as an "eyesore" with a garden full of grass that is "three feet tall" and becoming "a disgusting dumping ground" for litter.

They complained to the brewery that manages the pub, Admiral Taverns, in the hope of more maintenance being carried out.

A spokesperson at Admiral Taverns said: "We are aware of the situation at the Crumpled Horn and are working closely with the local authorities to manage the situation."

The House that Jack Built nursery rhyme inspired the design and roof of the Crumpled Horn, which was built in 1975 and earned a Grade 2 listing from Historic England in 2018.