One-bed flat was used for drug dealing and overrun by visitors...now the neighbour from hell has been evicted (From Southend Standard)
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One-bed flat was used for drug dealing and overrun by visitors...now the neighbour from hell has been evicted
5:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Echo News
A NIGHTMARE neighbour who allowed his home to be used for drug dealing and to be overrun by visitors, has had his flat repossessed.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, moved into the one-bedroom flat in Merrylands, Laindon, in August 2011.
Police and Basildon Council’s anti-social behaviour team soon began receiving complaints about the man, including drunken behaviour, drug use and dealing, criminal damage, graffiti and large numbers of visitors.
In one incident, in March this year, police were called to the property following reports a dog was howling. Officers kicked in the door and found a dog seriously unwell inside. The flat was littered with dog mess and no one had been seen there since February.
The tenant claimed he was away and the dog was later col- lected by the RSPCA and returned to its owner.
In a similar incident, police went to the flat and could smell cannabis and hear babies crying inside. Once they gained entry they found two men and two women inside who claimed the tenant had given them his keys.
In April this year, police were again called to the flat where they found six people, but no sign of the tenant. The people claimed the tenant had allowed them into his home.
And in May this year police raided the flat where they arrest- ed a man on suspicion of possess- ing a firearm.
Due to the ongoing complaints, and the suspicion that the tenant was not using the flat as his main home, the council served a posses- sion order.
But the man failed to attend a court hearing in July and a fur- ther hearing last month.
A judge sitting at Basildon County Court has now granted the council the go-ahead to repos- sess the flat.
Phil Turner, Basildon council- lor responsible for housing, said: “It’s common knowledge that there is a shortage of council housing available in the borough, so when I hear of cases like this it makes me very angry.
“It needs to be reiterated that the council and its partners will not tolerate nightmare neigh- bours like this who show no regard for anyone else and make the lives of those around them a misery.
“He has repeatedly ignored warnings and couldn’t even be bothered to show up to court.
“Not only did he cause a nui- sance himself, he attracted a num- ber of other undesirables to the property, who persisted in caus- ing problems.”
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