A house used for regular drug-fuelled parties has been put under strict court order prohibiting anyone but the owners to go inside.

Harrow Council and Met Police shut down a “nightmare” semi in Orchard Grove, Edgware, famed for fights, screaming and antisocial behaviour that forced some fearful neighbours to move away.

The closure order was also issued on the address for links to “gang related activity” at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on February 20, following a litany of historical warnings and interventions by authorities.

Inspector Tanya Sprunks for Harrow Safer Neighbourhoods said: “After a number of antisocial behaviour incidents, noisy, disruptive parties and regular drug use, the local policing team with the support of the council’s community safety team have issued a successful closure order.

“We are continuing to work closely with the council to prevent anything further. Clearly, neighbours have been affected, unfortunately, some have been too afraid to stay in the area. Thankfully, their behaviour will now be strictly monitored.”

The closure order will expire at midnight on May 25.

A neighbour who did not want to be named said: “I’m pleased the parties have now finally stopped. My family couldn’t sleep, and the children were scared from all the noise.”

Lead member for crime and community safety, Councillor Krishna Suresh, added: “Their behaviour was a disgrace to the other residents and by ignoring all the warnings, it was obvious they didn’t want to change. Our message is clear – if you deliberately disrupt the community, we will clamp down on you. We will continue to work with our partners to make Harrow a better and safer place to live.”