A Carmarthen man could be sent to prison if he invites visitors into his council home. Paul Rice, of Merlin St, could face up to six months in jail, if he breaches a closure order handed to him at Llanelli Magistrates Court for anti social behaviour earlier this week.

In a case led by Carmarthenshire County Council’s housing enforcement team, the 50-year-old is subject to the order for 90 days which stops him inviting any guests into the flat. The council applied for the order following repeated complaints about partying and noise nuisance at the property.

The order is only one of three issued in Carmarthenshire and grants just Rice, emergency services and council operatives access to the home.

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The council’s executitve board member for housing, Cllr Linda Evans said: “Anti social behaviour in a property has a huge effect on the lives of neighbours and people living nearby. Applying for a closure order is always a last resort for us and only happens when all other attempts to reach a mutual agreement with the tenant have been unsuccessful. I hope this serves as a clear message to anyone thinking they can get away with this kind of behaviour – we will not tolerate it and have to powers to stop you in your tracks.”

The authority urges anyone experiencing or suffering anti social behaviour to report it. Further information can be found on our website

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