Teenager kicked out of council house after drugs found in raid

A TEENAGER from Bulwell has been booted out of his council house after police raided his home and found cannabis and drug-growing equipment.

Ashley Francis (19), of Bromley Close, Crabtree Farm Estate, was given an ‘outright possession order’ at Nottingham County Court. He could be kicked out because he had lived in his property for less than a year and his tenancy was not ‘secure’, Nottingham City Council has revealed.

The house was raided in July 2010. Last December, Francis was charged with conspiracy to supply Class-B drugs and in July this year was given a suspended prison sentence for the offence.

The city council says there were separate noise-nuisance concerns surrounding Francis’s tenancy and neighbours reported rowdy parties in October and November last year.

The criminal offences and noise complaints formed part of the council’s Community Protection team’s case to seize Francis’s home.

He has been placed on the social housing exclusion register and will not be eligible for council housing in Nottingham for at least three years.

Coun Alex Norris (Lab), the city council’s lead member for community safety, said: “This is yet another example of how we are determined to rid our neighbourhoods of criminal activity. There is no excuse for this kind of behaviour and the council will always consider possession proceedings in such cases. Our communities demand protection from this kind of activity.”

Gill Moy, Director of Housing Services at Nottingham City Homes, which maintains the council’s housing stock, said: “We do not tolerate drugs in our properties and will always take action against those who breach their tenancy agreement in this way.

“Working with the police, we have been able to rid a number of our properties and estates of drug-related problems. This not only improves the quality of life for local communities, it also frees up much-needed accommodation for law-abiding people who respect their home and neighbourhood and don’t engage in criminal activity.”