FOUR properties have been shutdown due to their links with "crime and anti-social behaviour".

In a statement Wigan Council and Greater Manchester Police said they had worked together to obtain closure orders for four residential properties on Richmond Drive, Higher Folds, Leigh.

The shutdown of the properties happened under Section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Police say this is only the "second known case in the UK where a closure order has been obtained for an entire block".

Officers have not gone into any further details

The orders are in place for a period of three months, until August 26, 2021.

They prevent access to the properties to anyone other than the occupants, Wigan Council, emergency services, support services or anyone undertaking legitimate business activity.

A police spokesperson added: "We are committed to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour on the estate by working together with residents and more updates will follow in the coming weeks."