A nightmare home that was a hotspot of anti-social behaviour and drug use for at least five months has been temporarily shut down.

Harrow Council, alongside the Metropolitan Police and housing group Hyde, investigated the problem property in Pearson Apartments in College Road, Harrow. 

Multiple complaints were put to the council detailing reports of regular anti-social behaviour including drug taking and intimidation.

The authorities moved to secure a full closure order on the flat, which will be in place until mid-August.

Pearson Apartments 2 (Credit: Adam Shaw) can be used by LDRS partners

Pearson Apartments 2 (Credit: Adam Shaw) can be used by LDRS partners

Cllr Anjana Patel, lead councillor for the environment and community safety at Harrow Council, said: “No one should be made to feel unsafe in their own community. This property was causing a lot of concern to residents living nearby with crime, anti-social behaviour and drugs that a closure notice was needed. 

“Thanks to the joint work of our officers and partners, this property is now closed. I hope it gives local residents reassurance and peace of mind when they are going about their day. This action demonstrates us putting residents first as well as the willingness of our teams and the police, landlords and locals to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.”

This is the second time in less than a year that a closure order has been issued against a property in Pearson Apartments. In October 2021, a three-month order was issued following a similar joint investigation following reports of regular drunkenness, drug taking and other forms of anti-social behaviour.

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At the time, the council said it would “always take swift action against those who negatively impact our community” and stressed resident safety is at the heart of its ethos. The flats form part of a series of new builds known as Perceval Square, located in the heart of Harrow town centre not far from Harrow-on-the-Hill Station.