POLICE have intervened after a neighbourhood was plagued by the antisocial behaviour of a couple who were living there.

The antisocial behaviour had got so bad in Brookleys, Chobham that one resident became scared to live alone in the street and others feared leaving their homes in case they bumped into the couple. Surrey Police said residents had been subjected to “threatening and intimidating behaviour” by the couple, who were living at an address in Brookleys.

The force began working with landlords Accent Housing to respond to the problem and Guildford Magistrates' Court granted an application to partly close the property on December 22. The ruling means that anyone other than the female tenant is no longer allowed at the property and to do otherwise would make others liable to arrest. Surrey Police said the landlords will also be working with the tenant to move her to another property.

Sergeant Michael Knight said: “We continue to make concerted efforts to support local people who are being affected by anti-social behaviour. We do not under-estimate the fear and upset it can cause and how this can impact on residents’ wellbeing and quality of life.

“This continues to be a priority for us and we will always deal robustly with complaints. In this case a partial closure order was sought from the court which allows us and the landlord to tackle the immediate problems and work with one of the offenders to address her behaviour.”

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood you can visit www.surreycommunitysafety.org.uk.