Tenant kicked out over drugs

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A COUNCIL tenant who failed to comply with an order banning illegal drugs from his home has been evicted.

Kevin Lewis (46) was removed from Landsdowne Court, Spalding, by South Holland District Council because a second man was in possession of drugs at the address.

Enforcement action was taken by the council after amphetamines – a class B drug – were unearthed during a police raid.

The council began possession proceedings for the property, having earlier been granted a suspended possession order in August last year.

That order banned Mr Lewis from using his home – or any shared area or the locality – for any illegal, criminal, immoral or improper purposes, including use, sale or storage of illegal drugs.

But in April this year a police raid resulted in a class B drug being found.

Mr Lewis was not there at the time but another man, Mark Simpson (39), was subsequently charged and found guilty of possessing a class B drug.

Council portfolio holder for housing Christine Lawton said: “If people behave in an anti-social way we will take action. This tenant did not keep to an agreement and faced the consequences.”

A council spokesman said tenants have been evicted in the past for anti-social behaviour but this is the first case this year.