A luxury bungalow rented out for music videos and parties has been shut down after a man was shot to death outside the property.

The property, a 4-bedroom bungalow with swimming pool in Water Lane, Roydon, was rented out by a commercial company for parties and music videos, and was advertised on Airbnb.

A closure order of up to six months has been secured under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The news follows the fatal drive-by shooting of 50-year-old Robert Powell in the early hours of the morning of June 13.

Mr Powell had been attending a party at the property when he was shot multiple times from a car which drove past; he died from his injuries the next day.

Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) and Essex Police secured a six-month closure order at Southend Magistrates’ Court on July 16.

Cllr Holly Whitbread, EFDC cabinet member for housing and community said: “A closure order allows us to quickly close premises being used, or likely to be used, to commit nuisance or disorder.

“We acted swiftly to get the order made and it has already been posted on the property. This action should address the concerns of local residents and bring peace to this rural Essex village.”

Brentwood and Epping Forest District Commander, chief inspector Ant Alcock added: “I’d like to thank our colleagues at Epping Forest District Council who worked closely with the Community Safety Team, to secure the closure order.

“We understand the impact that visitors to this property have had on the local community and I now hope that this will prevent further disturbance to local residents.”

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