POLICE have evicted a woman and boarded up a Malvern home associated with drug activity and anti-social behaviour.

The closure order for the house in Sherrads Green Road will last just under three months.

West Mercia Police applied for the order at Worcester Magistrates' Court following concerns raised by residents of drug-related activity and anti-social behaviour, which was said to be causing them considerable distress and upset.

Officers ensured the housing association-owned property was vacated by its resident at around 4pm today and it was secured to prevent any unauthorised entry.

PC Susan Parr, of Malvern Hills Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "We've received a number of complaints from members of the public concerned about the activities in and around these premises, including drug dealing, drug use and anti-social behaviour.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public who have played a pivotal role in our enquiries and supported our application - enabling West Mercia Police to take the appropriate action."

Superintendent Kevin Purcell added: "The police, local authorities and other community safety partner agencies, such as social housing landlords, all have a responsibility to deal with anti-social behaviour.

"West Mercia Police is committed to protecting the public and tackling any behaviour which has a negative impact on the wider community. As a result of this order being granted by the court, it sends out a clear message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated."

More to follow.